I don’t know about you all, but it generally takes most of winter break for my children to get used to sleeping late every morning. For instance, this morning my son slept past 8:00! That is virtually unheard of around here. It’s a shame school starts back in 1 day, just as he’s starting to get the hang of it.
Anyways, the joy of not being on a schedule in the morning is having your children help make breakfast! So today, when I asked my son what he wanted to eat for breakfast, he joyfully said, “Breakfast pizza!!!”
What child does not love pizza? So, take pizza dough and put breakfast toppings on it. Add some cheese, and it’s a breakfast pizza! This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cookbook.
1 16 ounce loaf frozen whole wheat or white bread dough
4 slices bacon
1 cup frozen diced hash brown potatoes with onions and peppers
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Thaw bread dough according to package directions. Or, make pizza dough from scratch (see recipe below). Flatten dough onto pizza pan and press edges up into a rim with your fingers. Prick dough with fork and bake in oven until light brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove pizza pan from oven.
Cut bacon into bite-size pieces. Put bacon and frozen potatoes in skillet and cook over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp and potatoes are tender. Drain any fat. Scramble eggs with butter.
Top baked pizza crust with scrambled eggs, cooked bacon and potato mixture, and shredded cheese. Put pizza pan back in oven and bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
If you would rather make your own pizza dough, I highly recommend Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast. I discovered it in the grocery store recently and thought it was too good to be true. Trust me, it really works! It is fast, easy, and doesn’t even have to rise. Perfect for pizza making in the morning! I love this stuff. I caught it on sale and totally stocked up!
Fleischmann’s 30-Minute Pizza
1 3/4 to 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann’s Pizza Yeast
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup very warm water (120 – 130 degrees F)
3 Tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well blended. Gradually add 1/2 cup flour or more until soft dough ball is formed; will be slightly sticky. Add additional flour if needed to form dough ball.
For our breakfast pizza, we just used scrambled eggs, crumbled low-sodium turkey bacon, and cheddar cheese. Some other excellent toppings would be ham, sausage, onions…the list is endless here. And, it’s really simple to get all of the toppings ready while the crust is in the oven pre-baking.
Putting the toppings on is definitely the favorite part for my children (that and kneading the dough). In fact, I think more of the bacon ended up in my daughter’s mouth than on the pizza, but hey, that’s ok! Who can blame her?
Until next time,