Monday, March 22, 2010

Rolling In Dough

Do you remember Seventeen magazine? I used to get it every month, except I was thirteen at the time. I asked (begged) for a subscription because the most popular girl in school was constantly reading it in class and I was curious about its content.

Clothes, makeup, hair, cute quizzes, q&a about sex (though being a daughter of an OB-GYN RN, I was very well informed on sex-think diagrams, graphs and medical text books people! So reading the sex questions didn't really hold my interest.) Those were the days of Niki Taylor, Girbaud, big bangs and teased hair.

I enjoyed all of its girly content. Seventeen inspired the all too critical, crucial and very important first day of high school outfit. This was a make or break moment-not only was it high school, but I was also the "new girl." (Ughh!) Well, inspiration-not exactly, I took the look right off of the cover. The hair, the red tank top and plaid shorts-it was too cute and one of my favorite outfits of all time.

Not only did Seventeen give me wardrobe and hair inspiration but it also budded my inner foodie. In the very back of the magazine there was a recipe section. Believe it or not, I'd always turn to this page first. This was the beginning of life long recipe clipping. In fact, my very first clipping was a recipe for pizza dough.

Last week, as I was searching the internet for pizza dough recipes, I was reminded that I actually kept that recipe! A 20 year old recipe straight from the pages of my favorite teen magazine! I remember it being so challenging when I was a girl. Now, being a former scratch baker, I couldn't believe how beautiful and delicious this teen magazine recipe was. It will definitely be sticking around for another 20 years.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
One 14 inch round pizza

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
  1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Let yeast activate, about 5 minutes. Add olive oil, half of the flour and salt. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon. Stir in remaining flour, and transfer dough to a flour covered surface.
  2. Knead (fold dough over repeatedly with one hand while working it with the knuckles of your other hand) for 5 minutes or until smooth. Place dough in a clean bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or pan sprayed plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease baking sheets with olive oil or prepare your baking stone. Stretch or roll out dough into a 14 inch circle. Place on prepared baking sheet or stone. Add desired toppings, and bake for 20 minutes or until crust in golden brown.
You can refrigerate the dough after step 2 for several hours or up to two days. In this case, place the dough in the refrigerator for about 40 minutes, punch it down once more and place in a plastic bag.

SHOUT OUT!!! My friend Meghan, over at You're Gonna Bake It After All has an awesome giveaway. It is really cool because the lucky winner can choose between a bamboo cutting board, pizelle maker or a wine rack. It is a very generous giveaway and its easy to enter. Leave a comment on her blog post and/or mention the giveaway on your blog. Good Luck! (and wish me luck too!)


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You must have read my mind! I've been thinking about making pizza crust lately but was unsure where to find a good recipe. Way to go, Seventeen magazine!

Aimee said...

That's so cool!! Food was all I could think about at 13 too. Ok, well maybe boys and food equally. =)

sherrizickefoose said...

i love that you still had the seventeen recipe! I have been hoarding recipes from my 1980s Seventeens. let me know if you are looking for any!
Curious: did you save any other ones?

Bugs Mama said...

book marking this. We were just talking last week about how we needed a good pizza dough recipe. Perfect timing!!

Melissa said...

@ Sherri: I think I have two more recipes from Seventeen. I know one is a Mocha Chocolate but can't remember what the other one is.

@ Sarah: It is a good pizza dough recipe-and good for busy moms b/c you can freeze the dough as well!