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Two Peas and Their Pod: Artisan Bread in Five Pizza Party!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Artisan Bread in Five Pizza Party!

Thanks everyone for your well wishes. I do appreciate all of your kindness and support. I am feeling a little better, still not back to my "normal" self yet. I have lost my love for cooking, baking, and eating. So sad!! I might need Josh to take over for awhile if this week doesn't get better. 

But today is all about partying with pizza! We recently invited some friends over for an Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day pizza party. Josh made the master recipe a couple days prior to the party. This made hosting so much easier. The day of the party we made a homemade sauce, collected a bunch of toppings, and pulled out the dough from the refrigerator. Talk about simple!

When the guests arrived Josh rolled out the dough for everyone. We let our friends create their own pizzas. We had a bunch of toppings to choose from: peppers, olives, tomatoes, onions, pepperoni, canadian bacon, fresh basil, and of course mozzarella cheese. It was a ton of fun! 

Our friends were amazed at the ABin5 crust. It really is SO easy and SO delicious! Next time you are in the mood for pizza, give it a try. And if you are looking for a fun dinner party idea, try an ABin5 pizza party. It was loads of fun! My pizza sauce recipe is below and if you want the dough recipe buy the book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day.

Pizza Sauce Recipe

Olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Fennel seeds, a dash
Crushed red pepper, a dash
2 cans of petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 can of tomato sauce
Salt/pepper, to taste
Fresh basil, a small handful, chopped
Italian seasoning (I use a blend by Emeril)

1. Heat a little olive oil in a large sauce pan. Saute onion until tender. 
2. Add in garlic, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper. Saute for a minute or two. 
3. Add in diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. 
4. Season with salt, pepper, fresh basil, and Italian seasoning. 
5. With an immersion blender, puree the sauce until you get the consistency you are looking for. I do this to make it more of a "sauce." If you don't mind the tomato chunks, you can skip the blending part. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can transfer the sauce to a regular blender and puree. 
6. I let my sauce simmer for at least 30 minutes to bring out the flavor. 
7. Spread on pizza dough when ready. You can freeze leftover sauce! 

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Blogger Finla said...

Wow that pizza looks so so yummy delicious.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Looks great Maria!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

These pizza look incredibly good and so tempting! Wow!



9:26 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

What a great party! Everything looks so yummy!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

What a fun party idea! The pizzas look delicious. I have ABin5 and really need to start spending more time with it! I really hope you start to feel better soon Maria - all is not right with the world if you've lost your love for cooking, baking and eating :-(

9:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's a great idea for a party! There's nothing better than homemade pizza!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

Oh wow! I have to make that crust!! Too funny we both posted about pizza today! You're right...great minds do think alike! ;)

10:31 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Mmmm, that pizza looks delicious.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

i think i am gonna try this dough for dinner tonight. it looks so good! and so easy :)

10:41 AM  
Blogger Michael Paskevicius said...

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11:35 AM  
Blogger Michael Paskevicius said...

Looks glorious, this is the type of crust I am trying to achieve!!! Thanks!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

I will have to try your pizza sauce recipe next time. I'm not happy with what I've found in the store.

This cookbook is my favorite at the moment!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I got this book, but I have no idea what to start with. There are so many choices! Your pizza party sounds like a blast. I love all the varieties.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Oh, it looks yummy, as usual - your pizzas always look amazing Maria!

12:49 PM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

I love pizza with black olives! I wish I could eat yours for you! LOL I know bad right. But I would love a homemade pizza right now.
Don't worry in time you will get your appetite back--if you keep looking at food blogs you will, trust me.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

oh I m drooling looking at all those delicious pizzas. I m a pizza addict. Yummy :)

12:53 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

that looks better than delivery and digiorno!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

as usual it looks FABULOUS! why are we not neighbors?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Maria, great minds think alike...I made ABin5 pizza today as well...the dough is good!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I wish you were 100%!! Makes me so sad to hear you're still feeling yucky! Fantastic pizza

1:23 PM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

that crust looks so professional! lovely looking pizza :)

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Really hoping you regain your love for cooking again really soon! The ABin5 dough is just so convenient, isn't it? I've made impromptu pizzas for my husband a few times - it's so quick, it's great to have the dough on hand for weeknights when you can't decide what else to make. You end up with something delicious like these!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

What a gorgeous pizza! Are you sure you're not Italian?

1:44 PM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

Maria this is great! Just last Friday we hosted a baby shower and I made four pizzas using the ABin5 dough. The guests loved it. So easy too, isn't it?! Love your toppings.

2:52 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

My husband and I ordered some pizza from Papa Johns this weekend. I'd much rather have yours! How fun to interact your guests in the pizza-making process too.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Oh gosh, get better soon!! I love how thick this dough looks. For me, 90% of the joy I find in pizza is in the dough!

4:04 PM  
Blogger NKP said...

I love your big pizza mezza luna!
Great idea to have a pizza party with the ab5 dough.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I have the book and love it! A AB5 pizza party sounds like a plan!

4:36 PM  
Blogger jenniferhoiyin said...

i hope you're feeling better soon as well, pizza always makes me smile :)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Risa said...

Wow! That last picture has me craving pizza!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

Ymmers, I LOVE pizza. We threw a make your own pizza party a long time ago and it was a hit. Thanks for reminding me of this great idea.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Melanie Anne said...

This pizza is making my mouth water. I have that cook book too-I will have to try this recipe! thanks

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. I'm going to have to try this now :)

5:58 PM  
Blogger Deeba PAB said...

Mouthwatering good craving pizza at 6 in the morning. Delicious!!

6:15 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh how I love pizza. I'm glad that you're feeling better, take good care of yourself!

6:19 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

This is so cool because I'm planning a pizza party for late June (don't ask why so much in the future). I'm glad it was a success.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

That pizza looks awesome!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

We have been using our dough for pizza quite a bit lately. It is so convenient. I feel like I could do a commercial for their book.

Even though we had pizza today I still would bite into one of those.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Now that's genius, what a great idea for company!!!

7:24 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

That's a great idea. We used to make individual pizzas out of English muffins when we were kids. We'd all gather round the table and make a ton of them. So much fun!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Zoe Francois said...

Hi Maria,

I really hope you are feeling better soon!

Your pizzas are absolutely gorgeous! What a fun party idea. I always do this with my boys friends and let them make up their own pizzas. I can't believe I never do it with my friends. They would LOVE it!

Thanks for the enthusiasm for the book and I'm thrilled that you are baking so much from your buckets of dough! ;)


8:20 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hey, I saw the pizza pic on tastespotting without realizing it was your blog! Nice!

9:48 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Hope you're feeling better, Maria!! And as soon as you're upt to it, I hope you come out to CA so we can go to the Ferry Building together :) This pizza party is a great idea!! I really need to get ABin5. Everyone's pizzas look great.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Cakebrain said...

yowsa, what a fantastic looking crust! I hope you get your cooking/baking mojo back!

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Caked Crusader said...

Your pizza looks great - I love the puffiness of the base and (to mind mind) the perfect ratio of topping to base. Yummy!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i really hope you'll get better soon... in the meantime, those pizzas are so inviting... :)

2:17 AM  
Blogger Edimommy said...

Aw, so sad you still aren't feeling better! Hopefully this week things will turn around. The party looks like it was so much fun though! Great idea!

3:50 AM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

So sorry to hear that you have not been well Maria. That sure is five-star pizza - I love the puffiness of the crust, and the toppings sound devine. Get well soon!!

4:33 AM  
Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

And so now I'm craving pizza...thanks!

5:11 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

What a fantastic party idea!! I'm totally going to have to do it, that book really is amazing, love it!

6:35 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Such a great way to have a party. Glad you are starting to heal

6:52 AM  
Blogger grace said...

the best parties are the ones where food is involved and that food can be personalized. love the pizza porn, maria--not much pleases me (food-wise, that is...) more than gooey, melted cheese. :)

7:13 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Terrific looking pizzas! I hope your feeling better soon.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks delicious - I love pizza! Great idea for a party - I have to pick up that book.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Looks so wonderful, what a great idea for a dinner party!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

That pizza looks great! The artisan bread in 5 is such a great base for all sorts of things, and now we can add pizza to the list!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

Now THAT is a party that I want to go to! I hope you are feeling somewhat better ... :(

8:29 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Beautiful! I could definitely use a slice, I'm starving!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Maria that looks great. I wish I could have some of that right now...

9:12 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I love homemade pizza - yours look great and the sauce sounds really good.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Wow! These look terrific. You must have had a great party.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I'm so sorry you're still feeling sick :(

Your pizzas look so delicious! That crust looks like it was made in a brick oven! I think I need to go eat lunch because I'm hungry now :)

9:53 AM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I'll take some pizza! Any kind will do!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

so much fun!!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That looks incredible!

12:16 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Your pizza looks fab. Nothing beats homemade pizza.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That crust looks delicious! I love homemade pizza, and wish I had more patience for rolling out the homemade dough - mine always keeps shrinking! Something I'll have to practice I guess@

2:52 PM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Your pizzas looks so good. Hoping you're back to yourself soon!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

YUm!! That looks so good!!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

WOw that last pic of pizza with the stringy cheese.... *drool* Great pizza!!!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Dragon said...

I just love using this dough for pizza. These pizzas are gorgeous.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

How fun! I love making pizza at home, it's so easy and delicious.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

those pizzas look great!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Engineer Baker said...

Ooo - that looks doughy and delicious. Lucky friends! Glad you're starting to feel better too.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I have that book out right here and was reading the recipe for pizza dough. I want to make a white pizza but I think I should just try the basic recipe first.

Do youmix yours by hand or in your stand mixer? I'm thinking to try by hand. I know my food processor is only a 11 cup one and I'm not sure about my Kitchenaid. It's a tilt head one.

Hope you're feeling better and that your week is a good one.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sophia Lee said...

oh my god, it sure does sound bad, if you've actually lost your joy for cooking and baking and eating! I hope you recover soon!
but can you not with such wonderful food with great people?

8:33 AM  
Blogger Memória said...

Wow! The pizze look amazing!! YUM!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

This looks like so much fun! I love the thick crust!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

That sounds so fun and looks so delicious!!!!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I really need some homemade pizza now!

9:01 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Sounds like a fun time! I think I'm having pizza for dinner tomorrow night :)

8:58 PM  
Blogger Penelope Walker said...

Looks delicious! Just linked to your post from the MyPunchbowl party planning and free invitations blog where I wrote about doing a make-your-own-pizza party.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

Love your pizzas, and thanks for the sauce recipe! I have a feeling I'll end up buying ABin5, but am resisting for now!

10:07 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I haven't been to the bookstore in forever but that book is STILL on my list!!!! Your party sounds like a ton of fun and when I get this book I will have one like that too :) Hope you're getting better!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

yummy!! I just took back my copy. I did not get a chance to make anything from it. I need to reserve it from the library again.

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Blogger Kim said...

I have never made ANY kind of homemade dough, but I'm going to take the plunge! Do you mind sharing what kind of stone and pizza peel you use? Also, when you had the pizza party, about how long does each take to cook?


trying4two at gmail dot com

11:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

10:15 PM  
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That pizza looks absolutely wonderful!

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