Daring Baker’s Challenge: Pizza 3 ways… Breakfast, Dinner and Happy Hour!

This month’s Daring Baker challenge involved experimenting with the Basic Pizza Dough from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. It was a fun challenge, and my family enjoyed the month-long pizza recipe trials.

Since I already have a go-to pizza crust recipe that is very simple, I found the directions for this one to be rather long and overwhelming. That being said, I trudged through and was actually happy with the results. The recipe turns out 6 balls of dough that can be frozen to make whenever the pizza-mood strikes. Since we like our crust a little on the thick side, I separated my dough into 3 portions instead.

The dough is meant to sit in the refrigerator overnight. The following day, you take a ball of dough out of the fridge and flatten it into a 5-inch circle to rest for 2 hours.

The dough then becomes pliable and relaxed enough to stretch out gently on the tops of your hands.

And then you begin tossing it into the air until it’s stretched out into the desired size and shape for your pizza. This was the fun part. The whole family cracked up as I frantically tried to catch the dough that I had tossed high into the air. It really did work. The dough stretched out nicely as it was tossed, forming the shape needed for my pizza.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #1: Pizza for Breakfast

There’s a deli near our house that serves up Scrambled Egg Pizza in the mornings. It’s fabulous, so I attempted to replicate it with this Sausage and Scrambled Egg Pizza. It wasn’t an exact match, but it was fabulous nonetheless. Chunky salsa acts as the sauce on this pizza, and then it’s topped with crumbled sausage, lightly scrambled eggs and cheese. Sour cream is scooped on top of each slice. It made for a terrific brunch on a Sunday morning.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #2: Pizza for Happy Hour

Grilling pizza has been on my list of things to do for a long time now. I always thought the dough would stick to the grill and be a big mess, and that it would be too much trouble. Not the case here- it didn’t stick at all. This dough worked great on the grill for Blue Cheese and Pear Pizza. The dough is tossed onto the lightly greased grill for a couple of minutes, brushed with olive oil and then flipped and brushed again. I split the dough in two to create a couple of smaller pizzas. A simple layer of sliced ripe pears and a sprinkle of blue cheese given time for a quick melt, and this was an excellent Happy Hour treat to accompany chilled white wine.

PIZZA EXPERIMENT #3: Pizza for Dinner

Since I had separated my dough into larger portions, I had more dough to play with for this one. I opted to create a pizza pie inspired by one I had seen on Picky Palate: Ricotta and Vegetable Stuffed Pizza Pie. The dough is pressed into the bottom of a springform pan, and topped with ricotta, desired veggies and cheese. It’s then topped with another layer of pizza dough and baked into a pie. The result is similar to a calzone.

The slices cut very cleanly.

We topped ours with a bit of marinara sauce while my little guy opted for a spoonful of Ranch dressing. This was one delicious dinner!

My thoughts about this crust recipe? It was really excellent. And I liked having dough in the freezer that I could take out to make for a quick dinner. I’m quite attached to my go-to crust recipe, which is a Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, but I might still opt to make this one once in a while.

Thank you to Rosa’s Yummy Yums for hosting this month’s challenge.

Click recipe titles above to find recipes.

81 Responses to “Daring Baker’s Challenge: Pizza 3 ways… Breakfast, Dinner and Happy Hour!”

  1. postedOct 29, 2008 7:34 AM
    Snooky doodle


  2. postedOct 29, 2008 7:37 AM

    Your selection of pizzas looks amazing. I love the tossing pic.

  3. postedOct 29, 2008 9:11 AM

    Your pizzas are awesome! I love your post!

  4. postedOct 29, 2008 10:21 AM

    Love the scrambled egg pizza. I would eat that for dinner as well!

  5. postedOct 29, 2008 11:53 AM
    Proud Italian Cook

    Great toss! Look at those pizza’s too! Great job Lori, love them all!

  6. postedOct 29, 2008 12:02 PM

    i love breakfast pizza! what a great idea!

  7. postedOct 29, 2008 12:07 PM

    Nice pizza toss! The mid-air shot is super cool :)

    I think they are all awesome, but my vote goes for the Bfast pizza, start the day off like Tony the Tiger… Grrreat

  8. postedOct 29, 2008 12:54 PM

    Wow, love your selections!

  9. postedOct 29, 2008 1:28 PM

    Your pizza looks great! I have this book but haven’t made the pizza dough from it.

  10. postedOct 29, 2008 1:45 PM
    Barbara Bakes

    Ohhhh – a breakfast pizza sounds wonderful!

  11. postedOct 29, 2008 1:56 PM

    ohhh wow! lovely flying dough picture! i don’t know what my favorite one is… they all look so good!

  12. postedOct 29, 2008 2:11 PM

    What gorgeous looking pizzas! Really tempting! You did a great job here!

  13. postedOct 29, 2008 2:11 PM

    great shots. you really went to the next step didn’t you – looks fantastic.

  14. postedOct 29, 2008 2:38 PM
    Dana McCauley

    Great ideas – I love the idea of happy hour. In fact, I could use a happy day. If only my liver agreed!

  15. postedOct 29, 2008 2:38 PM
    Bunny Trails

    Oh my, I am SO wanting pizza now. I LOVE these recipes. What unique ways to present pizza. How can you go wrong with warm, gooey pizza? Now, I just have to figure out a recipe for the dough that is yummy and wheat free…. wish me luck!

  16. postedOct 29, 2008 2:52 PM

    WOW! All your pizzas look absolutely delicious! I am very impressed with the stuffed pizza you made –what a nice meal a slice of that that makes!

    Love your blog too — glad to have found you through this challenge! I’m going to try your whole wheat recipe as I like to use whole grains whenever I can. Thanks!

  17. postedOct 29, 2008 2:52 PM

    I love all of your pizzas! A fun filled day!! Great photos too!

  18. postedOct 29, 2008 3:03 PM
    Stacey Snacks

    Two points, delicious pizza aside:

    1. Love the Black Dog t-shirt on your pizza maker from Martha’s Vineyard, and……..



  19. postedOct 29, 2008 3:04 PM
    Passionate About Baking

    What a great array & what happy pizzas indeed. I'm envious of the flying base…great great toss-up!!

  20. postedOct 29, 2008 3:09 PM
    Gretchen Noelle

    The pizza pie looks delicious! And I was so thinking of doing a breakfast pizza of sorts. Wonderful job. I should have gone with the 3 parts instead of all 6, I may have been happier in the end.

  21. postedOct 29, 2008 3:43 PM

    All your selection of pizzas look stunning!! Great D.B. post – well done :)

    Rosie x

  22. postedOct 29, 2008 3:53 PM

    Great job on the challenge. Love the pie!!!

  23. postedOct 29, 2008 4:26 PM

    Great job! I love all the variety you have here – 3 totally different ways to bake & prepare pizza. I'm with you, I still enjoy my go-to recipe better, but it's nice to try something new. Excellent job on the toss. Mine never was tossed properly.

    xoxox Amy

  24. postedOct 29, 2008 4:29 PM

    Omigosh, good job on the toss! When I tried it the crust stuck to itself and came down a sad clump. I am a bad catcher, apparently! And now you’ve made a stuffed pizza too! Not only is your dough flying, so are you, it seems! :)

  25. postedOct 29, 2008 4:44 PM

    What delicious looking pizzas! I may have to try this pizza dough since it can be frozen. Well worth the time to put it together!

  26. postedOct 29, 2008 4:57 PM
    Mary Ann

    Your pizzas all look fabulous! I was going to do a breakfast one, but ran out of dough balls. I love your stuffed pizza! Yummy!

  27. postedOct 29, 2008 5:04 PM

    They all look YUMMY!

  28. postedOct 29, 2008 5:06 PM

    All of those pizzas sounds amazing! I love the pizza for breakfast recipe and idea–I’ll for sure be trying that out!

  29. postedOct 29, 2008 5:18 PM

    OH your pizzas sound fabulous! I am drooling over here! Love the shot of the dough up in the air!

  30. postedOct 29, 2008 5:21 PM

    Hi! I’ve been checking out a lot of food blogs over the past few weeks, and your recipes are some of the most creative I’ve seen. Thanks so much!

  31. postedOct 29, 2008 5:22 PM

    Holy, moly! Those are each and everyone over the top ideas. Makes my breakfast pizza look plain!
    And your dinner pizza . . . well, I’ve got to try that one!
    Great toss!

  32. postedOct 29, 2008 6:09 PM

    Great pizzas! I love all three!

  33. postedOct 29, 2008 6:21 PM

    Wow, look at the flying dough, it’s very pretty indeed.
    Your pizza look mighty delicious. Breakfast pizza sounds so intriguing. I am hungry now!

  34. postedOct 29, 2008 6:35 PM

    Good job thinking outside of the box with regards to what to do and how to top the pizza dough! It all looks good.

  35. postedOct 29, 2008 7:34 PM
    noble pig

    I love all of them, especially the pizza pie idea…I can only imagine how good it was!

  36. postedOct 29, 2008 8:10 PM

    You are soooooooo talented chicklet. I can’t tell you enough how much all these pizzas look amazing.
    We need to get you your own show on Food TV. Stat!

  37. postedOct 29, 2008 8:23 PM

    The pizza pie is calling my name! Really, they all are, but I haven’t had thick crust pizza for a long time.

  38. postedOct 29, 2008 8:27 PM

    This is the 6th DB post I’ve looked at today and I have to say I am blown away by yours. The breakfast pizza is brilliant, but I LOVE the dinner pie even more. I get spinach pie from a place near me and I can’t get enough of it.

    Seriously, outstanding job!!

  39. postedOct 29, 2008 8:37 PM
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    So very impressive – Love all your creative concoctions!! They are wonderful.. Your pictures are kickass..

  40. postedOct 29, 2008 9:50 PM

    Any way you cut it, top it or dish it up, breakfast, lunch or dinner, I loooove pizza. And yours look great. I can’t believe you were able to toss the dough up! Every time I try it lands horribly and tears and makes a mess!

  41. postedOct 29, 2008 9:58 PM
    Teresa Cordero Cordell

    What magnificent choices for your pizza. Was that you tossing the pizza up in the air? You did great! You’re such a good cook. I bet there’s nothing you can’t cook or bake. Great job Lori.

  42. postedOct 29, 2008 9:59 PM

    AMAZING! You rock, Recipegirl!!!

    PS–I see a Black Dog t-shirt! My Aunt used to work at their Edgartown location!

  43. postedOct 29, 2008 11:07 PM

    Thanks for the great variety of pizzas. Looks like you did a fantastic job. I too would be concerned about grilling pizza – butam intrigued, now that you say that it didn’t stick.

  44. postedOct 30, 2008 12:46 AM

    I love all the ideas you have for one recipe. Excellent! The breakfast pizza was my favorite.

  45. postedOct 30, 2008 1:20 AM

    Nice pizza toss! I’m loving the stuffed pizza-it looks delicious.

  46. postedOct 30, 2008 1:37 AM

    THey all look amazing but I will take a piece of the stuffed one to go. Nice job!

  47. postedOct 30, 2008 1:41 AM

    Your pizzas look great! I’ve been wanting to try pizza on the grill for quite a while. Since it worked for you, maybe I’ll give it a try next time!

  48. postedOct 30, 2008 2:36 AM

    Very creative pizzas! I really like the idea of the breakfast pizza!

  49. postedOct 30, 2008 3:00 AM
    Cookie baker Lynn

    All your pizzas look excellent. I love the flying dough picture!

  50. postedOct 30, 2008 3:06 AM
    Sandy Smith

    Your pizzas are just gorgeous. I especially love the stuffed pizza w/ ricotta and veggies – looks amazing!

  51. postedOct 30, 2008 3:35 AM

    Great idea to make a “stuffed” pizza! It looks like it makes for a hearty meal.

  52. postedOct 30, 2008 4:16 AM
    Zoe Francois

    That stuffed pizza is over the top gorgeous!!!

  53. postedOct 30, 2008 4:42 AM

    You really went all out, didn’t you? Nice. I think the thing I like best about pizza is that I can make it different each and every week that I make it. Fun challenge, wasn’t it? I love the flying dough.

  54. postedOct 30, 2008 5:02 AM
    That Girl

    Growing up we used to go to Disney World every year. Until this moment I completely forgot that one of the trip highlights was having breakfast pizza the food court of the hotel!

  55. postedOct 30, 2008 5:27 AM
    Girl Japan

    Yay, you have a snap for the pizza toss!!! Fabulous job! Oh it sure looks lovely.. what time did you say dinner was?

  56. postedOct 30, 2008 5:56 AM

    Wow! All of your pizzas look fantastic! I love the double crust one. Great work!

  57. postedOct 30, 2008 6:11 AM

    Hubba, hubba, they all sound delicious, right down to your boy’s ranch smothered one. The tossing! You nailed it!

  58. postedOct 30, 2008 10:44 AM

    Oh my goodness, I ADORE all of your pizza varieties – nice work!!!

  59. postedOct 30, 2008 11:57 AM

    awesome action shot!
    each of your creations are fabulous, but the one catching my eye is the double-crusted pie. i’m such a sucker for crust. in fact, i cringe when people leave the crusts on their plates. cringe. :)

  60. postedOct 30, 2008 12:31 PM

    I feel like everyone is making pizza lately!!! Great post :)

    P.S. I'm writing my post for today right now & am mentioning your candy corn cookies :)Def check it out

  61. postedOct 30, 2008 1:34 PM

    What a fabulous collection of pizzas. YUM!

  62. postedOct 30, 2008 2:49 PM

    Great Pizzas! I love reading your blog so much that I gave your blog an Uber-Amazing Award:

  63. postedOct 30, 2008 3:06 PM
    Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor"


    All three of these look great. The last version reminds me of the quick casserole I whipped up using refrigerated dinner rolls


  64. postedOct 30, 2008 3:33 PM

    Wow! You really went all out for this challenge. The scrambled egg topped pizza is genius. Nice Black Dog apron–one of my favorite places!

  65. postedOct 30, 2008 3:42 PM

    Oh yum! Love the pizza three ways! The stuffed one is brilliant. And the breakfast one! What a great idea.

    And excellent picture of that toss!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  66. postedOct 30, 2008 5:10 PM
    Nina Timm

    As always you take the challenge just that much further…..I am amazed at your talent! Love the apron…

  67. postedOct 30, 2008 5:27 PM
    Robin Sue

    Whoa that last photo of the stuffed pizza is great. I love stuffed pizza. Now I don’t think that I could toss the dough for fear it would land on my head!

  68. postedOct 30, 2008 7:41 PM

    Wow..this looks wonderful..I will definitely have to give this a try.

  69. postedOct 30, 2008 11:35 PM
    hot garlic

    Glad you had more success than I did! I agree, having it be flexible with time is a plus, mine just wasn’t good though!

  70. postedOct 31, 2008 12:14 AM

    Looks great! ALl three so different. I didn’t get to do the challenge this month because of my schedule but can’t wait for the next.

  71. postedOct 31, 2008 1:27 AM

    Great toss!! I loved what you did with each of your pizzas, they all look mouth watering!! Great job!

  72. postedOct 31, 2008 1:47 AM

    Great picture of the dough in midair! The stuffed pie looks awesome what a fun idea!

  73. postedOct 31, 2008 2:00 AM
    Mary Coleman

    Grand job. Love the idea of the breakfast pizza. Groom will enjoy that!!!

  74. postedOct 31, 2008 3:41 AM

    Mmm! nice toppings/fillings! I love pizza any way any day! Your dinner pizza is especially yummy looking!

  75. postedOct 31, 2008 3:49 AM

    Hi … not sure if my last comment made it through but if not, I just wanted to say fabulous pizza!

  76. postedOct 31, 2008 4:46 AM
    The Peanut Butter Boy

    Incredible pizzas, what amazing creativity. I really want to make some breakfast pizza now. Maybe something that’s good cold too so it’s great on the go.

  77. postedOct 31, 2008 5:22 AM

    How creative! That stuffed pizza looks especially good, sort of like a pizza sandwich.

  78. postedOct 31, 2008 5:28 AM
    Katie Barlow

    MMMMMM….pizza for breakfast! YUM!

  79. postedNov 1, 2008 4:57 PM
    Clumbsy Cookie

    Wow, wow, wow! 3 times wow for your pizzas! Loved the flying dough and al your choices! What a pie!

  80. postedNov 2, 2008 2:50 PM

    They all look so great! I’ve never had a breakfast pizza like that, so I’m thinking I want to try that with some of the dough in my freezer!

  81. postedNov 3, 2008 10:34 PM
    cook eat FRET

    a perfect day. 3 pizza’s…

Leave a Comment