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Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

You already know that I like to check out the “Black Iron Master” contest on Sundays on the Facebook page Black Iron Cooking, Antiques, and Humor. I’ve previously posted about some of Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s  entries, and Rose Waddell’s winning Mahogany Chiffon Hydrangea cake made in […]

Rose Waddell’s Prize-Winning Mahogany Chiffon Hydrangea Cake made in a Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Fluted Cake Pan

Rose Waddell’s Prize-Winning Mahogany Chiffon Hydrangea Cake made in a Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Fluted Cake Pan

I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy following the “Black Iron Master” contest each Sunday on the Facebook page Black Iron Cooking, Antiques, and Humor. Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein often enter the contest – Brenda with her beautiful cakes and Doyle with his delectable meals. Members of […]

Tasty Thin Crust Pizza made on my New Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

Tasty Thin Crust Pizza made on my New Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

I was at Home Goods the other day and happened across a lovely 10.5″ round Lodge cast iron griddle, for the bargain basement price of $7.99. Of course, I snapped it up. It will come in quite handy when I am grilling out on my apartment co-op’s patio; this way I can just clean the griddle after use instead of having to clean an entire grill!

It just so happens that Linda and I were headed to Jerry and Debra Abrams’ home for a pizza party over Memorial Day weekend. They have a new outdoor wood-burning pizza oven, and we were excited to check it out. I brought my new Lodge griddle, thinking that it would work great for a thin crust pizza. And…I was right!

Debra made a great pizza crust – she has been working to perfect it, and I think she got it just right. She had made the crusts in advance, made them into separate individual-sized pizza dough balls, covered them with cling wrap and placed them in the refrigerator. Each person then took their little pizza dough ball and rolled it out and placed whatever toppings they wanted on it. There were two choices of sauce – one was a marinara and the other was a fancy tomato-based one that Debra had concocted. Debra also had homemade pesto available. Debra set out bowls with a lovely selection of artichoke hearts, turkey pepperoni, onion, black and green olives, fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, shredded Italian blend cheese, sliced mushrooms, sliced orange and red peppers, basil from her garden, cherry tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. I’m sure there was more – if you were doing this yourself, you of course choose whatever you like best for your toppings. I’m thinking turkey Italian sausage (I’d brown it in advance and drain the fat), onion, black olives, and mushrooms. Yum!

So how, you ask, did Debra make the pizza crusts?

Debra’s Tasty Thin Pizza Crust

makes 12 small balls, for pizzas about 8″ in diameter

Ingredients

  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1/2 t. sugar
  • 1-1/2 c. warm water
  • 4 c. flour
  • 1-2 t. salt

Directions

  1. Mix the yeast and sugar with the warm water.
  2. Let the mixture sit until foamy (about 5 – 10 minutes)
  3. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add the foamy yeast mixture, and mix together about 5 minutes. Debra – who has every kitchen contraption known to man –  used the dough beater on her mixer. I don’t have a dough beater, so just kneaded the dough with my hands. It works fine.
  5. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for about 30 – 60 minutes.
  6. Make 12 dough balls from the mixture. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate until use. Should keep well for 3 – 5 days.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough ball out to a circle roughly 8″ in diameter. Top with your favorite toppings and bake either in your cast iron griddle or directly onto the surface of the hot pizza oven, using a pizza peel to slide it in and remove it once done. Voila, that’s it!
Jerry, mastering the pizza peel.
My handy Lodge griddle along with the dough I had just rolled out.

Notes for making on your cast iron griddle

  • If you want a crispy crust, preheat your griddle until it is nice and hot, spray with Pam (or oil of your choice), then flip the pizza dough onto it. I did not do this, because I wanted to spread the crust out to the very edges of the griddle. Obviously, if the griddle was hot, I would have burnt my fingers to a crisp.
  • When I made my pizza, I sprayed my griddle with Pam and then placed the rolled-out dough onto it, spreading it to the edge with my fingers. One nice thing about this Lodge griddle is that it has a slightly raised lip. Worked great for pizza – no messy spill-0ver!
How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

In my blog post about Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s vintage cast iron cookware collection, I shared some photos of Brenda’s beautiful cakes made with cast iron molds. Accomplice Linda has tried to make a Griswold lamb cake from her vintage cast iron mold, and […]

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

My Version of Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie, Made in My Trusty Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan

I recently spent a lovely Spring weekend at my friend Mary’s lake home on Madeline Island. I love going to Mary’s place – it is on Lake Superior and I always feel such a sense of calm when I am there. Maisie and I love […]


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