Family Fun Starts With A Fresh Homemade Pizza

(NAPSI)—One fun way to spend more time as a family is to organize a pizza and game night. Both playing games and making pizza are activities the whole family can enjoy together.

Making pizza can also be an opportunity for kids to brush up on reading, math and science skills, not to mention following instructions. Letting kids get creative with the toppings is a tasty way for them to use their imagination.

It’s easy to make a pizza from scratch. Start with Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast and you can have homemade pizza on the table in 30 minutes. This yeast is the right ingredient for family baking since the on-pack recipe requires no rise time.

Just set up the games while the pizzas bake. Here are two family-pleasing recipes to make:

S’mores Pizza

Makes 1 (12-inch) Pizza

1¼ to 1¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 envelope Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast or RapidRise Yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

½ cup very warm water (120° to 130° F)

2 tablespoons butter OR margarine

Toppings:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

1½ cups minimarshmallows

Preheat oven to 425°F.

For crust:

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and butter; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead* on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. (If using RapidRise, let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes.)

Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased pizza pan or baking sheet. OR roll dough on a floured counter to 12-inch circle; place in greased pizza pan or baking sheet.

For Toppings:

Spread graham cracker crumbs evenly over crust. Firmly press crumbs into crust. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over crumbs to within 1 inch of the edge of crust. Spread marshmallows over chocolate.

Bake on lowest oven rack for 11 to 14 minutes or until marshmallows are dark golden brown on top and the crust’s edge is golden brown.

*To knead the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Flatten dough and fold it toward you. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion. Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the “fold, push and turn” steps. Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic. Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.

Mac ‘N Cheese Pizza

Makes 1 (12-inch) Pizza

1¾ to 2¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 envelope Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast

1½ teaspoons sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

⅔ cup very warm water (120º to 130° F)

1 tablespoon oil

1 box (12 ounces) shell pasta and cheese sauce mix

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded American cheddar cheese blend

Put water on to boil for macaroni and cheese (refer to package directions). Preheat oven to 425° F.

Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky.

Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover while preparing macaroni and cheese according to package directions.

Pat dough with floured hands to fill greased pizza pan or baking sheet.

OR roll dough on a floured counter to 12-inch circle; place in greased pizza pan or baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.

Spread macaroni and cheese over crust. Top with shredded cheeses.

Bake on lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned.

For more recipe ideas, visit http://pizzacrustyeast.com.