Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sunday in the Kitchen: Pizza! (and more snow)
One thing I've learned over the years of making dough, is that having a good mixer is not only a time saver, but an arm saver too - because mixing pizza dough by hand is HARD.
Here is my very basic but awesome pizza dough recipe (and honestly, it's not mine, it's from my mother-in-law.) Click to tweet this!
This recipe makes one thick crust or two thin crusts.
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 pkg yeast (or 2 tsp of the active dry yeast if you buy in bulk like I do!)
a pinch of sugar (add to yeast and dissolve in 1/2 cup very warm water)
1/4 cup oil
1/2 to 1 cup additional warm water.
a few shakes of dried Italian seasoning (optional)
Dissolve the yeast in warm water with the pinch of sugar and let stand about 5 minutes while it foams.
Put the flour in the mixer, add the salt and seasoning, turn on low using the dough hook. Pour in the yeast water. While mixing add the oil.
Slowly continue to add the additional warm water until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball.
Remove from the dough hook and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean towel and set to rise. (I put it in the oven on a top rack, with a pan of hot water underneath and leave it for several hours.)
When ready to make the pizza, remove the dough from the bowl and with sprinkle lightly with flour, and knead.
Lightly oil the pizza pan (I also sprinkle a little cornmeal on the pan)
Roll the dough and poke with a few fork holes.
Pre-cook the crust in a 375 degree oven until puffed and lightly golden.
Remove from oven and spread on your sauce and cheese.
Put back in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on how well done you like your cheese.
And just for giggles...here's a few more pictures of the blizzard of 2013!
My son's car is under there somewhere!
Would look even more beautiful if there wasn't so damn much of it!
Wishing you safe travels wherever your road leads!
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