Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Perfect Calzone Dinner

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tonight we made a family favorite. Asking my five year old to help me make dinner brings out the OCD in me. This is such a fun recipe for her (and one that is a double score when my OCD doesn't have to be brought to the table as well).

This home made dough recipe is so easy!(

2 1/2 - 3 Cups flour
1 packet active yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp in a jar)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water

(This makes one calzone, if you want two, like we make, you will need to make two.)

In a large bowl, mix: one cup flour, the yeast, salt, and sugar. Add water, oil, and mix. Add the rest of the flour slowly, until dough is soft, smooth, but not sticky. I usually use all three cups. Let sit at least for a half hour before rolling out. No pounding down or more rising needed. I personally do it around noon when I drop my daughter off at school so it's more than ready when she gets back to help!

 This is my oldest's favorite part. We roll out the dough on an ungreased pan. Otherwise you will fill the dough and roll it ending up with a, "Oh crap, now what?" moment. After we roll the dough out as much on the sheet as we can, we cut in the dough making the slits one inch apart (usually, unless I walk away to feed a baby and she gets carried away, no big deal though!) and about 1 1/2 inches long.

We fill the inside with our favorite toppings and sauce.

"Criss cross applesauce!" as she loves to say! I fold the ends up to makes sure the ingredients stay IN.

Bake at 375 for a half an hour or until golden brown on the top. Presto. Dinner. Another fast, easy, and even fun meal to make.
*You can even do this for dessert and add apple pie filling and glaze the top with butter and cinnamon sugar.*

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