Monday, November 21, 2011

Pizza Dough

If you have never made homemade pizza, this should be one of your top things in your home to make homemade. I've seen women bloggers out there making their own vanilla extract, yogurt and everything in between, so why not more pizza? 

What seems like a speciality food only professionals can do is not true. You CAN do this!

Homemade pizza is always outrageously delicious. It does not take a lot of your time, total of 2 hours prep/cooking (if your making a meat topping, less if it's all veggie). Plus, it's a fun family project to do together. I had kids of all ages helping me and sure enough, everyone gobbled this pizza up like it was going out of style. Even those kids that cringed at the site of anything green, they ate it, spinach and all.

To make a good pizza, you need to start with a good crust.

Pizza Dough                                        Serves 4

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 c water, (105-110 F for active dry)
2 1/2-3 c bread flour or all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
olive oil

1. In a small cup, dissolve yeast in water. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 1/4 C flour and salt. Add yeast and stir until smooth. Let the dough rest 10 minutes.

2. Knead the dough until the dough approximately 10 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and smooth. This dough will be soft and a little tacky, so resist the urge to add too much flour.

3. Place the dough back in the bowl, coat with a bit of olive oil and cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, approximately 1-1 1/2 hours.

4. Using a cookie sheet or pizza pan, roll out to:
  • 4- 4 in individual pizzas
  • 2- 8 in pizzas
  • 1- 14 in pizza
Pre-heat oven to 425F. Cover rolled out dough with a towel again and let rise 15 minutes for thin crust, or 30 minutes for a softer crust.

5. Top with your favorite sauce and toppings. Bake 10-15 minutes or until dough crusts are golden brown.

Pictured above, my pizza is mozzarella cheese, spicy sausage, onion, tomato, and spinach.

Calories calculated using Sparkrecipes Calculator: 348 calories for two slices 

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