We know how challenging it is to show our mothers appreciation that does our thanks justice. This Mother’s Day, we chose to love on our moms the best way we know how: with food!
A homemade meal shows thoughtfulness in preparation, and also gathers the family together for a meal – two things that mom is sure to love. Our menu inspiration of pies (pizza) and pies (peach) includes uncomplicated but interactive recipes for fathers and littles to make together, while being elegant enough in presentation to wow everyone! Give mom a “pizza your heart” (and don’t forget the champagne!).
Pro-tip: Prep the dessert pie ahead of time and have it bake off while enjoying pizza!
Pizza My Heart (Arugula and Prosciutto)
1/2 cup your favorite marinara sauce
1 (8-ounce) your favorite pizza dough
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/3 cups baby arugula
1. Preheat oven to 450°.
2. Take pizza dough and flatten with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Start at the center and work outwards, using your fingertips to press the dough to ½ inch thick.
3. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil. Spoon marinara sauce on top of pizza. Top evenly with mozzarella.
4. Place pizza directly on middle oven rack. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until bottom of crust is browned and cheese melts.
5. Remove pizza from oven; blot away any liquid from cheese using a paper towel. Top pizza with prosciutto.
6. Combine lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add arugula; toss well to coat. Arrange arugula mixture over pizza. Cut pizza into 6 slices. (Double the recipe to fill more hungry stomachs!)
Peachy Keen On You (Old Fashioned Peach Pie)
Pastry for a double-crust 9 inch pie
5 cups fresh peaches, sliced
1 cup sugar
1/3 – 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Stir together flour, 1 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. Mix together peaches with the combined dry ingredients.
4. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan and dot with butter.
5. Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
6. Cover the edges with foil to prevent over browning. Remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking.
7. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.
(In lieu of a traditional lattice or crumb topping, we cut out hearts from our extra pastry. This is a great task to keep little hands busy, while adding an extra special touch to dessert.)
Photo credit: Mike Villa Visuals
Linens (napkin only): Luxe Linen
Pie Dish and Server: Anthropologie