Pizza Creations Created Memories
Bread making was Lorna Grieb Erickson favorite thing to do. She loved family get-togethers and over a period of years, created a wonderful recipe for homemade pizza that greatly pleased her family. Everyone looked forward to the pizza night as a special occasion. Lorna prepared the dough; then each family member could customize the pizza with toppings of their choice.
Everyone was all smiles as they put the pizza creations in the oven to bake.
The aroma was irresistible, with the family huddled around the oven in anticipation of the tasty bread and delicious cheesy/meaty toppings. All enjoyed the hands-on experience making their customized pizzas, and were all satisfied with the results.
Everything tasted better because all participated in making the pizzas together. Love and harmony in a warm kitchen.
It is a wonderful thing that this tradition is still being passed down from Lorna’s children to grandchildren and now to great-grandchildren.
Recipe for Grandma Lorna’s Homemade Pizza
1 cup hot water
1 cup milk or 1 C cold water mixed with 1/3 C dry milk
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 Cup shortening
1 pkg. active dry yeast
½ cup sugar
6-7 cups all purpose flour
Home Made Pizza Instructions
In a mixer bowl mix together hot water, milk or water and dry milk, salt and sugar. Add shortening and yeast. Add 4 level cups of flour and mix on low.
Beat until smooth and elastic. Add 2 to 2 ½ cups more flour with mixer still on low speed. Dough should be soft and pliable but not sticky.
Cover and let dough raise for 15 minutes to ½ hour.
Grease 3 pizza pans. Divide dough into 3 parts and press into the pans forming a thin crust. Cover with small amount of desired pizza sauce and sprinkle with dry ground oregano. Cover sauce with grated Colby jack cheese. Add additional toppings as desired.
Preheat over to 375 degrees and bake pizzas for 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness.