Hello Hesperia. Happy Valentines Day! This month I am honoring Pasco's Pizza in Hesperia. They are located at the Vons shopping center, on the corner of Main and I Avenue.


I have been going there for years. I remember when it was called Round Table Pizza (I have lived in Hesperia for over 32 years). I asked owners Deena Pribble and Nick Lane if we could make a heart-shaped pizza. They do not traditionally make heart-shaped pizzas at Pasco's but did it as a special favor just for this Valentine's Day column.


You too can make a romantic pizza for two by using owner Nick's dough recipe. Just cut a heart shape from the dough using a heart shaped cake pan as your guide. Top with lots of cheese and decorate around the edge with pepperoni, bake and enjoy.


Just remember everyone love's pizza and love is a small four letter word with a thousand different meanings.


This wonderful recipe was given to me by Pasco's owner Nick Lane. Pasco's famous twisted cheese bread is the best I have ever tasted. I would rather go there and enjoy the atmosphere of the fireplace, the wonderful food and service that is provided. Who wants to spend time in the kitchen when Pasco's Pizza is so close by and feels just like home?


Pasco's Pizza Twisted Cheese Bread


2 tablespoons ranch dressing


2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese


1 teaspoon dried parsley


2 cloves minced garlic


16 ounces pizza dough (dough bought at the store will work and save time)


Dough


1 teaspoon active dry yeast


2/3 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees fahrenheit)


2 cups all purpose flour


1 teaspoon salt


Olive oil to coat bowl


Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll out pizza dough to a 12"x12" square, about a quarter-inch thick. Brush ranch dressing over the entire square. Sprinkle parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic over bottom half of square. Fold in half, lightly pressing down so it sticks. Cut 12 one-inch strips towards the folded side. Twist each strip once and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Dough Preparation


Sprinkle yeast over the water. Let stand one minute, or until the yeast is creamy. Stir until the yeast dissolves.


In a large bowl add two cups flour and the salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.


Lightly coat a large bowl with oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to oil the top. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm, draft-free place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about one and-a-half hours.


Flatten the dough with your fist. Cut the dough into two pieces and shape the pieces into balls. Flatten the dough slightly. Dust the tops with flour. Place the balls of dough on a floured surface and cover each with plastic wrap, allowing room for the dough to expand. Let rise 60 minutes, or until doubled.


I experimented with Pasco's twisted cheese bread to turn it into a sweet Valentines Day dessert. I realized a sweet dipping frosting recipe was also needed to make it a sweet treat. Prior to baking I coated the inside of the dough with butter and just sprinkled a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Then I merely folded the dough in half, cut into strips, twisted and baked just like Pasco's twist recipe. Serve hot with dipping mixture.


Frosting for Dipping


1 4-ounce package cream cheese


1/4 cube real butter


1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)


1/2 box (approximately 2 cups) powdered sugar


Milk


Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Gradually add milk until you get a dipping texture. Put in a small container with a serving of cinnamon twists and enjoy.


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Thank you, Deena, Nick and your staff, including Sue. I had a wonderful adventure being a part of your restaurant family and experiencing a morning in your kitchen.


When I interviewed Deena I enjoyed one story in particular. "We not only have sport teams and the like but we also cater to wedding rehearsal dinner's which just amazes me." Deena added, "To think that couples come to Pasco's just to sit in their booth, from their first date, or they want to have their wedding rehearsal dinner here, because this is where they met and have now made it part of their family tradition, just amazes me."


I have many memories myself of enjoying Pasco's but that was with my kids and the sports they were involved in. After games we always went to Pasco's and the kids always loved it kids, parents and great food. And it is still that way today. Deena and Nick love our community and do so much for Hesperia and are very involved.


Thank you to Sharon for taking all of the pictures, Shirley Maldonado for support and my husband Gary, our food taster who loved the heart shaped pizza.


Thank you Pasco's for making all of this possible. I want to wish all of you a very Happy Valentines Day. Try to let every day be a kind day, to someone, somewhere. Love, Charlene