Monday, August 22, 2011

Big News and Plum Pizza

As if we don't have enough going on this summer, in just a few days we'll be packing up and heading east.

That's right everybody, we're moving!

After 2 years in The Great State, we'll be starting our lives as a newly weds in The State for Lovers: Virginia.

Ever since Shannon's wedding we've been going at lightning speed: The week after we got back from our visit east Mountain Man got offered a position in Washington, D.C., and before we knew it we were searching for houses on craigslist and calling moving companies for quotes.

We've literally had 2 weeks to figure everything out before MM makes the drive, moving truck and all. That means we'll be spending the rest of the week packing up our house by the lake and transitioning to a house in the city.

I know I keep making excuses for my flakiness this summer and this new endeavor isn't helping the situation by any means!

Between our wedding, friend's weddings and now the big move, I've had a lot on my mind this summer.

In attempts to win you over, I hope you'll accept this Plum Pizza as a token of my appreciation and love for you all out there despite my inconsistent posts these past few months. I promise as soon as we get settled the posting will get back to normal.

This pizza crust is our go-to classic recipe with an extra addition of cinnamon for the dessert pizza. The recipe yields enough dough to make 2 large regular pizzas and 1 small pizza dessert pizza.

Pizza Crust
Makes 2 large pizzas and one small
Rise time: 1 hour
Oven: 425 Bake time: 30 minutes

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 package)
2 TBS  honey
1 1/2 cup warm water (about 100 degrees)
1 tsp salt
3-4 cups of AP flour, whole wheat, or combination of both

In a large bowl mix warm water, honey and yeast. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes, waiting for yeast to become active and mixture to bubble.
Stir in salt and 3 cups of flour.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and continue to knead in flour, 1/4 cup at a time until dough is no longer sticky and elastic.
Clean bowl and lightly coat with oil. Place dough ball in bowl, cover with saran wrap and let sit for about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and punch down.
Cut dough into three pieces- 2 large balls and 1 small.
Let rest for a couple of minutes and your dough is ready to be rolled out and topped.

Plum Pizza
2-3 fresh plums
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS white sugar
2 TBS brown sugar
1/4 cup apricot jam

Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 TBS white sugar over dough and knead in until just combined.
Roll out or stretch small piece of dough to form pizza crust on pizza stone or pan.

Place apricot jam in a small bowl and warm in microwave for 15 seconds.

Pour jam over crust and spread evenly (like you would pizza sauce).

Thinly slice fresh plums and place evenly around crust.

Sprinkle plums with remaining sugar and cinnamon.

Pop in oven and bake for about 20 minutes.