Shoe Box Pizza Crust and Crazy Bread

IMG_1251Welcome back to our bread in a shoe box series. If you’re just joining us, we’ve covered how to make three loaves of sandwich bread in a shoe box and now it’s time to jump into the fun kid food, like crazy bread. Who doesn’t love crazy bread from Little Caesars. My kids would eat it every weekend if I let them. However, it’s a rare treat because I’m not a fan of the no taste pizza and I can make a healthier and more delicious pizza in about thirty minutes, which is the time it takes to drive there and back.

I’ve discovered I can make a pan of healthier crazy bread and two pizzas with one batch of shoe box dough. Some of you have already experienced just how easy it is to whip up dough in a plastic shoe box in five minutes. This recipe is no different. It’s the same basic instructions, including dividing the dough into three parts and then patting it out on a stone if you have one. If not, improvise and start looking for three stones at Goodwill, garage sales, thrift stores, Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon. I always opt for the garage sales during this season. I can usually spot one every week for a couple of bucks. Ask a friend or relative who thrifts a lot to look for one for you.

After the dough rises for 2 hours: you divide it into three parts  for 2 pizzas and 1 crazy bread

 
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 Pat out one portion at a time on a lightly floured stone or cookie sheet if you don’t have a stone.

Keep pressing to the edge until you get a thin crust. I use my lightly floured finger tips and keep pressing outward.
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Top one pizza with all the favorite adult toppings. Use your own pizza sauce or my favorite speedy pizza sauce. {You’ll find another no-rise recipe with the sauce recipe}.IMG_1391Top another pizza with all the favorite kid toppings {pepperoni and cheese}. We bake the kid’s pizza and the breadsticks at the same time {upper and lower rack} and then snack on the breadsticks with a salad while the adult pizza is baking.IMG_1383

Press out the third portion of dough into 9×13 rectangle. Top with real grated parmesan cheese or the powder stuff if you must. Sprinkle liberally with garlic salt. Score into strips before baking. Bake 450 degrees 15 minutes until lightly brown and immediately brush with melted butter.

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Serve with leftover speedy sauce if you like. We like.
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Cool leftovers completely. Serve the next day or freeze for a quick meal.

Shoe Box Pizza Crust and Crazy Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup healthy oil {canola, olive or melted coconut}
  • 1  1/2 tablespoons yeast {I purchase in bulk at Sams}
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt {do not use regular}
  • 7 cups white whole wheat flour*{We love King Arthur before I started grinding my own}

 

Directions:

Mix the all the ingredients together in a shoe box until well combined without any dry patches. *Scooping flour into a measuring spoon and then sweeping off the excess ensures the correct amount of flour. Place lid on top and allow to rise for two hours on the counter or in the microwave in cooler weather. Prepare for baking or refrigerate until ready to use {up to 5 days}. Liberally flour entire surface and divide dough into three equal portions.Preheat oven to 450 degrees.. Pat each portion onto a lightly floured pizza stone. Top two portions with your favorite sauce and pizza toppings. Top another portion with real grated parmesan and sprinkle garlic salt on top. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown. Lay a piece of foil across top if your crust is browning too quickly. Brush crazy bread with melted butter after baking. Serve with pizza sauce if desired.

What’s stopping you from a fantastic homemade pizza night? 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hey there…I have a bread machine…could I just use that? I’m pretty sure I would need to cut the recipe in half. Or is there just extra fun in the shoebox method? Because we do like extra fun at our house. :)

    • A bread machine works fine, this is a no knead bread recipe that’s nice to have on hand in the fridge w/o the wait {once you’ve allowed the dough to rise on the counter for 2 hrs.} the shoe box is a great, easy way to store in the fridge and yes, fun for kiddos to stir in the box. It does require quite a bit of stirring to catch all the dry patches, enjoy

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