Hula Hawaiian Pizza

Hula Hawaiian Pizza

[lunch or supper]
Make your own pizza parlor crust, then top it with ham and juicy pineapple.
Supplies
measuring spoons, drinking cup, measuring cups, plastic wrap, bowl, baking spatula, dinner knife, baking sheet, parchment paper, wooden spoon, ordinary teaspoon, kitchen scissors
Ingredients
Crust
1 tsp (5 mL) quick-rise yeast
½ tsp (2 mL) white sugar
¾ cup (185 mL) very warm (but not hot) water (see “Yeast”)
1½ cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour (spoon in, level)
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
olive or vegetable oil for your hands
Toppings
2/3 cup (160 mL) tomato sauce
1 or 2 slices ham
2/3 cup (160 mL) pre-grated mozzarella cheese
handful fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  1. To make the crust, put the yeast and sugar in a drinking cup. Measure out the warm water and add it to the yeast and sugar. Do not stir. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand 10 minutes for the yeast to turn foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl and using a baking spatula, mix the flour and salt. Use the baking spatula to scrape the foamy yeast into the flour mixture. Stir into a smooth, sticky dough that has no dry flour left in it. Scrape sticky ingredients off the spatula with a dinner knife. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. You can make two small pizzas or one bigger one on the baking sheet. If you make two smaller ones, the crusts will be crispier.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to scoop out either two equal-sized blobs of dough or one big blob onto the baking sheet. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Believe it or not, letting the dough sit untouched for a while makes it easier to press out later.
  7. Rub some oil onto your hands. Here’s where the hard work begins. Press the dough with your fingers into one or two roughly round shapes about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick (see “Three-Stacked-Quarters Rule”). It is stretchy dough and might spring back as you flatten it, but keep working and the dough will spread out. Don’t worry if you end up with an odd shape.
  8. Bake the dough for 15 minutes, or until it begins to turn golden. Get help taking the sheet out of the oven (keep the oven on). Cool the baking sheet until just warm so you don’t burn yourself adding toppings.
  9. If you are making two pizzas, pour half of the tomato sauce onto one crust and half onto the other, or pour all the tomato sauce onto the one big crust. Use the back of an ordinary teaspoon to spread the sauce on the crust, leaving about ½ inch (1 cm) at the edges.
  10. Use kitchen scissors to cut the ham into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle the ham, cheese, and pineapple pieces on top of the pizza(s).
  11. Put the baking sheet back in the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crusts are golden. Eat while warm.
Makes 2 smaller or 1 larger Hula Hawaiian Pizza.
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