What you will need:
1 package dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2-3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Cheese (approximately 1 cup per calzone, more or less depending on how cheesy you want it)
Other toppings as desired.
What to do:
1. Pour 1 cup lukewarm water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top, followed by the sugar. Let this sit for about 5 minutes or so, until it’s foamy at the top. This is important. Do not skip this step.
2. After the yeast is ready (foamy), add olive oil, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Using a wire whisk, beat this together.
3. Add 1 more cup of flour, and mix well with a spoon. You should have a dough that you can work with your hands, but it can be a little sticky, you’ll add more flour while kneeding.
4. Kneed the dough for about 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic. Add flour to your surface and hands as needed.
5. Let dough sit in a warm spot, covered with a towel, for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. In order to get my dough warm enough, I have to sit it on the back of the stove with the oven turned on to warm, I’ve seen many tricks to this, but it’s important that it be warm enough, otherwise it won’t rise well and your dough will end up too dense.
6. When your dough is almost finished rising, melt the butter and garlic salt together.
7. Once dough is risen, punch it down and turn out onto your floured surface. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Separate into 4 balls of dough, leaving them all covered except the one you’re working with. Using a well-floured rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick (give or take a little). The side facing you will be the inside of the calzone.
8. Brush on some garlic butter, then add approximately 1 cup of cheese plus any other toppings desired. Fold over calzone, sealing edges well, and pressing with a fork. Cut 2 holes in the center to allow steam to escape.
9. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
and ENJOY…these are a favorite in the Brothers household….but, the best part about calzones? The leftover dough! The recipe makes 4 calzones, but Caeden and Logan only eat 1/2, so we always have an extra ball of dough, which mommy uses for a “surprise”
Each time, I do something a little different, just making up things as I go. For this one:
You will need:
1 ball of calzone dough from above (1/4 of the recipe)
1 small apple, cut up into thin slices
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
What to do:
1. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Spread some butter on it.
2. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Coat apple pieces with cinnamon-sugar.
3. Place apple pieces in center of dough, folding up edges all around.
4. Put about a tablespoon of butter, cut up in little pieces, on top of the apples
(I prepare this while my calzones are cooking. Then, cover it with a towel for however long is left on the calzones, usually about 15-20 minutes.)
5. Bake at 375 for approximately 15 minutes. I very rarely use foil in my pans, but if you hate scrubbing, I’d use it for this becuase sugary buttery ooze can leave a real mess in a pan.