Saturday, January 11, 2014

Homemade Pizza Recipe...

Well...we survived the Polar Vortex, although not without a few hurdles in the barn.  No matter how much you prepare for bitter cold and wind, sometimes things freeze anyway.  Thankfully it didn't last long!  Tuesday was miserable, but Wednesday began to feel "like spring", with temps still in the low teens, but with no wind.  Today it's almost 60 degrees and raining.  Strange, strange weather.

We got soaked doing barn work this morning, and are confined to the house while the outerwear gets a good washing and is now tumbling in the dryer. Not a bad place to be today!

I've recently been on an iron skillet kick.  I received a set of three of these skillets a year or so ago, and have really learned to like cooking with them. They heat evenly, and when properly seasoned, are virtually non-stick, with none of the flaking that comes off the Teflon pans...

My friend Glenda used to make pizza in an iron skillet when we vacationed together in Vermont.  Her daughter recently sent me her recipe, and I gave it a try today, finally...

Glenda's Iron Skillet Pizza Dough Recipe

1 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast (1 Tbsp bulk yeast)

Combine and let stand for 5 minutes

1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp oil

Add to yeast mixture

Add 2 or more cups of flour and mix together. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Press into well oiled iron skillet(s) and add toppings.

Bake at 400* for 35-40 minutes, or at 550* for 10 minutes

You will be able to tell when crust is done, so as oven temperatures vary, just keep an eye on it.

You might have to experiment with the size of your skillets.  I tried making the pizza in my largest skillet, but the crust seemed way too thick, so I divided it out between two, and it turned out pretty good.  Enjoy!


  1. I can sympathize with freezing in the barn and wet cloths. It's freezing rain here today and I'm looking outside and it looks like a bottle outside, very slippery even though we sanded and I put some ice melter. it's all covered with a fresh sheet of ice.

    The pizza looks yummy for a cold wet day. I don't have a heavy cast iron pan but my down to earth daughter has an assortment.

    I'm dreaming of warm days and green fields.

  2. ooh, making it in a skillet would add a great flavor, i bet! glad you made it through the weather!

  3. OMG adding this to my recipe try list. I love I fo sho need a healthy recipe to still fill my pizza..Family Restaurant

  4. That looks great! I have yet to master cooking on a cast iron skillet. I'm impressed.

  5. Ohhh they look great! I have a problem with things sticking to my skillet... I just have not learned to do it right.

  6. Oh what fun!! I will be trying my hand at this I bet it makes the crust so good. I am glad you survived the polar vortex. :)

  7. What an excellent idea! I will have to try this!

  8. Are your skillets Lodge brand? I have a Lodge skillet that has sticking problems although I bought it "pre-seasoned". Interestingly, I don't have this problem with old skillets of my mom's that have no brand name on them.

    1. Victoria...they're called Wagner Ware. I got them from an elderly neighbor's estate when she passed away, so I have no idea how old they are. However I'm guessing that they were not pre-seasoned, because she had written instructions on how to season the skillets! :)

  9. I have my grandma's iron skillet I still cook with. Nothing like them, and I love this recipe!

  10. I LOVE cooking in my cast iron but never thought about trying pizza! :)
    I'm glad ya'll came through the Polar Vortex relatively unscathed.

  11. That looks wonderful! Never thought of doing pizza in a skillet.


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