Everyone loves a pizza party! Mix up the pumpkin pizza dough and pumpkin-tomato sauce ahead of time, then gather plenty of toppings, the kids, or a group of friends, and go to town.
The Runaway Spoon
I have always loved interactive food – where everyone gets to participate in the making and serving of a meal. The pizza party is a great example of this – roll out the dough, choose the toppings, assemble the pizza and watch while they bake. It’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
Fall and Halloween are great times to gather around a fun kitchen project. When the weather gets that little nip in the air, its nice to come inside to a warming meal. Add some pumpkin to the mix and it is a real fall meal. The pizza dough is simple to mix up and the sauce can be made ahead of time. Clear off the counter and let everyone go to work on their own creation.
Pumpkin pizza dough
1 tablespoon active yeast
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F.)
3-1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup pumpkin puree (from a 15 ounce can, remainder reserved)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1. Sprinkle the yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the honey and pour over the warm water. Give it a little stir and let it sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, pumpkin, olive oil, and salt and mix with the dough hook on a low setting until it all comes together. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Work the dough with hook on low speed for 8–10 minutes until the dough is a soft, elastic ball that has cleaned all the flour and bits off the sides of the bowl. Push the dough back down if it starts to push over the top of the dough hook.