Lil’ bun loves her pizza pockets and was surprised when I told her that they’re actually called calzones. I’m one of those people who aren’t a fan of frozen food, I mean if you have the ingredients and means to make it fresh, why don’t you? So, I decided to make lil’ bun fresh calzones and fresh being homemade and not freshly store bought and reheated in the oven of course.
Ingredients (makes 12):
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons oil
2 1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon yeast
1/2 cup marinara or pizza sauce
1 1/2 cup cheese
3 cups pizza toppings (sliced bell pepper, ham, mushroom, onion, garlic, tomato)
seasonings of choice to taste
Assembly is required!
1. Place the yeast, a pinch of sugar and warm water in a measuring cup and set aside to let it foam. While the yeast is foaming, combine the flour, salt and the sugar in a large bowl.
2. Slowly add in the oil and yeast mixture until it comes together to form a dough. On a floured surface, kneed the dough for 8 – 10 minutes. Let the dough rise covered in a warm place for 1 hour.
3. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured surface and divide it into 12 pieces.
4. Roll each dough ball out into a 1 cm thick circle. Spoon the pizza sauce, cheese and toppings onto half the circle. Fold the dough over the toppings to form a semi-circle and seal the edge with a fork. Puncture each calzone top with a fork to keep it from exploding in the oven.
5. Bake at 375F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Munch right away!
As much we enjoyed eating these, they’re not exactly one of those baked goods you can eat a lot of at once or leave lying around the house. Well you could but they just wouldn’t taste the same…sort of like how pizza never tastes the same the next day. So, if you’re like us and don’t plan on eating them all at once, you can freeze them and have them another day.
As you can see, the calzones ended up being bigger than the frozen pizza pockets she’s used to because it was the same width as our plates, but somehow lil’ bun finished the entire thing in one sitting! Either she was really hungry or the calzone was just that delicious, I’m really hoping it’s the later of the two though! She wasn’t here to make these with me but was over the moon delighted when she got home and saw the cheese oozing out the sides because that’s how she knows when something is cheesy enough for her.