One year, my oldest son was a Ninja and he enjoyed all the accessories that completed the look. One small problem though, it was raining, not just sprinkling...flat out raining. I remember my husband giving my son an umbrella, and my usually jovial happy-go-lucky son was crushed, clearly upset with the prospect of carrying an umbrella with his cool looking ninja sword. What he said, will forever go down in the history books as unarguably the right thing to say, when learning there is no way out of carrying that umbrella...."Dad, Ninjas don't carry umbrellas!" From that moment on, when I think of Halloween, I think of umbrella toting ninjas.
Last year, my number one goal was to get the kids fed before they went out in search of sugar loot. However, I was a little under the weather with that pesky flu, the H1N1. So you can imagine how heartbroken I was that I could not enjoy my annual intake of mini Baby Ruth bars, gory scary movies and the inevitable sweet crash of the overindulgence of candy, then perfect silence as my youngest slept off his sugar buzz. I was sick, and certainly not what I envisioned my perfect Halloween to be.
I am going to share my pizza dough recipe again, because it is a fool-proof pizza dough, it works every time(taking into consideration, when the humidity drops the flour gets lighter, so less flour is needed in winter, than in the summer). What I mean to say is, if the dough is sticky add a wee more flour until it pulls away from the mixing bowl, no longer tacky on the fingers and is elastic. You can add spices during this process if you would like, adding garlic and dried basil gives your dough that much more character. The possibilities are endless. Either way, Have a Happy Halloween and if you are parents of wee ones, I hope the evil trickster Senor Sugarpants does not linger to long on your doorstep. ;)
2 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Fleischmann's Dry Active Yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water(110F to 115F)
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
In a mixing bowl fashioned with a dough hook, add all the dry ingredients, including the yeast. Combine the warm water and olive oil and pour into mixing bowl. Turn the machine on low and mix until the dough pulls cleanly from the sides. At this point you might have to add more flour, just add a little at a time, like 1 or 2 tbs at a time. When the dough is elastic and no longer is sticky to the touch, oil the same bowl that you mixed the dough in, cover with a towel and set in a warm place, until doubled in size. Punch down and your ready for cheese and your favorite toppings. Good hot oven is the key to getting a good rise and browning, anything over 400F is a good starting point.
You wouldn't believe on All Hallow Eve what lots of fun we can make, with apples to bob, and nuts on the hob, and a ring- and- thimble cake.~Carolyn Wells