Today is my oldest son’s birthday party. Even though he turned 7 last week, all the Easter festivities necessitated a delay in the party. So it’s finally the day, and the menu is make your own pizzas, and star-shaped cupcakes (his favorite color is yellow.)
I’ve prebaked the pizza crusts, so all they need to do is add sauce and cheese. The cupcakes are made from a store-bought mix, with sprinkles added to the batter. Here are my recipes:
Bread Machine Pizza Dough Recipe (adapted from a recipe found on 101cookbooks.com)
1 3/4 cups cold water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp honey (for flavor, dough doesn’t actually need it)
4 1/2 cups flour (sometimes I do this with white whole wheat flour, which you can get from King Arthur)
1 3/4 tsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
A few tbsp rosemary and thyme (not in today’s dough, but it’s yummy for our usual homemade pizza dinners)
Place ingredients into bread machine in order shown above. Set to dough cycle.
When dough is done, preheat oven to as hot as it will go (mine goes to 550 degrees) Remove dough from bread machine and cut into 2 pieces for standard-sized pizzas, or 8 balls for individual servings. Flour your hands and shape into rounds (or whatever you like.) Lest rest for about 10 minutes.
At this point you can either add your toppings, reduce oven heat to 475 degrees, and then put your pizzas in the oven for 10 minutes.
Or, if you want to pre-bake the crusts, brush the dough with some olive oil. I also like to sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder and some grated parmesian reggiano cheese. Bake crusts for about 7 minutes or until JUST starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool. You can freeze these if you like. When ready to prepare them, just thaw (if frozen), add toppings, and bake at 475 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
The cupcakes are much easier. Using a box of yellow cake, prepare according to package directions. Once it’s done, mix in about 1 cup of rainbow sprinkles. Bake as directed.
For the frosting, we like a cream cheese frosting, lightly sweetened. Here’s my recipe:
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter at room temperature
1 package cream cheese at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp honey
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
10 drops food coloring (if desired)
Using either an electric mixer or a spatula, cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and honey and continue to stir until well-blended. Add enough powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency, and then add food coloring if desired. Spread on well-cooled cupcakes. Top with sprinkles if desired!