Can you believe Halloween is already next week?! EEEEK! ;) And on that note, I’m very excited to share that I’ve partnered with Karo Syrup & Fleischmann’s Yeast to bring you lots of fun tips and tricks for throwing a Halloween bash… like these super cute CREEPY MINI PIZZAS for starters. (These would pair quite nicely with sugar-rimmed Witch’s Brew, don’t you think?!)
Scroll down to check out the full homemade pizza recipe – which is especially great for kids Halloween parties or a festive family meal – and be sure to check back often now through October 31st for lots of creative Halloween recipe ideas, party themes and entertaining ideas coming your way!
HALLOWEEN RECIPE: MINI CREEPY PIZZAS
For the crust:
– 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast OR RapidRise Yeast
– 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
– 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
– 1-1/3 cups very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
– 1/3 cup Mazola® Vegetable Plus! Oil
– 1 to 2 cups pizza sauce
– Suggested toppings: green, red and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni slices, hard salami slices, curly leaf parsley, etc.
– 1 pound (total) shredded white and yellow cheeses such as mozzarella and cheddar
Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine 2 cups 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. Divide dough into 8 portions; cover. (If using RapidRise Yeast, let dough rise at this point for 10 minutes.)
Pat each portion of dough with floured hands into an 8-inch circle on a greased baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough. Add a second crust to the same baking sheet.
Bake for 6 to 7 minutes, dough will be just set and only lightly browned on the bottom. Remove crusts to a wire rack to cool. Continue with remaining pizza dough. (Works best to use several baking sheets.) May use crusts immediately or place in freezer bags and freeze for up to 1 month.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 475°F. Spread each crust with pizza sauce. Top with desired toppings to make Halloween designs! Repeat with remaining pizzas. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned and bottom of crust is browned.
*If you don’t have a thermometer, water should feel very warm to the touch.
**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.
P.S. For a festive, spidery finish to your creepy pizzas, try these Spiderweb Frosted Cupcakes or a DIY Glittery Spider Cupcake Tower. And don’t forget to wash everything down with some Witch’s Brew! ;)
Karo Syrup and Fleischmann’s are part of the ACH Food Companies family.