|Our dinner. It slide a bit when I cut it. :)|
10. It is Friday night
9. What is better on a Friday night than homemade pizza?
8. It is so simple.
7. You probably have all the ingredients on hand.
6. You can top it with anything you want - even peppers out of your garden like we did.
5. It is faster than delivery.
4. It is cheaper than delivery.
3. It tastes better than delivery.
2. I am sharing the recipe.
1. I am much cuter than David Letterman, wouldn't you agree? :)
This dough takes maybe 5 minutes to mix up, another 5 minutes to rest, 1 minute to roll out, 5 minutes prebaking the crust, 1 minute topping it and a final 10 - 15 minutes cooking time. Amazing, right? It is so delicious and reheats in the microwave like a dream.
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
Serves 3 or 4
2 1/2 tsp yeast [Rapid Rise or Bread Dough Machine]
1 tsp white sugar [I used Nevella - it's like Stevia - and you can't tell the difference]
1 cup warm water [Run your tap. When the water runs warm on your wrist, like you are checking a baby's bottle, it is warm enough. Don't make it too hot.]
2 1/2 cups all purpose white flour - or bread flour. You can also use half and half white and wheat
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Have one rack on the lowest level and the other rack in the middle of the oven.
1. Measure sugar and yeast into a bowl; pour warm water over it. Let it proof [sit] for approximately 10 minutes until foamy on top.
2. Pour in oil
3. Mix the salt in the measuring cup with the first cup of flour; pour into the liquid and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
4. Add remaining flour, mixing well. The dough will be sticky. Toss a scant handful of flour on your counter top and dump dough onto it. Knead it around the flour, adding additional scant handfuls until the dough is no longer sticky and you can form a ball. Now leave it be for 5 minutes
Have your pizza sauce*, mozzarella cheese and toppings ready to top.
5. Sprinkle cornmeal on either a pizza pan, cookie sheet or pizza peel [make sure you have placed your pizza stone in the oven to preheat if you are cooking on that]. Roll out dough into a 12 inch round or a comparable rectangular size for your cookie sheet and place it onto the cornmeal dusted pan/peel. Make sure you form a higher crust than the middle of the pizza. Just use your fingers to bring up the edges and sort of indent all the way around where you want your crust's thickness to be.
6. Pre bake the crust alone -No toppings - for 5 minutes on the lowest rack. Remove from the oven. If it is puffy in the middle [where the sauce and toppings go] just use a fork and fork it in a few places - it will deflate a bit.
7. Now top that sucka'. :D We used leftover spaghetti sauce, 2% lowfat shredded mozzarella cheese, with andouille sausage, onions and green peppers. ::drool::
8. Pop it back in the oven and bake until the cheese is all melty and the crust is nice and golden brown. Brush with a bit of olive oil when it comes out of the oven for a softer crust.
Let it set for 5 minutes before cutting [into 6 generous or 8 regular size pieces], serving and devouring! I serve melted [unsalted] butter with a bit of herbs and garlic powder for dipping the crusts in - I could just eat that to be honest. :D
It may stick to the pan a bit. If this happens just use a fine edged spatula and run it around underneath to unstick it. The upskirt should be a nice golden brown.
*Be creative with your sauce. If you don't have pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce you can cut fresh tomatoes thinly, brush the crust [after pre bake] with a bit of olive oil and layer them, add the cheese, etc. or take fresh or canned tomatoes and puree them with some italian seasoning or a little salt, pepper and a dash of sugar to make your own sauce. You are only limited by your imagination. And the ingredients on hand. :)
You can divide the dough and make two thiiiiiin crust pizzas or use an oven safe pan and make a deep dish pie. The possibilities are endless - in fact, I am off to make bread sticks for dinner tomorrow night. I promise Tadpoles, this recipe is THIS easy and SO, SO good!
I should be around most of the day Friday if you have any questions about the recipe - if I don't have your email and you have a question, just check back in comments I promise I'll reply.
If any of you tries this easy peasy, delicioso recipe PLEASE let me know how it turns out, 'kay?
See ya' on the flipside Tadpoles. :)
ETA: The girls and I ate that whole pizza [pictured] and Pooldad wanted some for lunch today. So this morning I made him one to take to work. The only hiccup was that I was out of olive oil and down to one cup of white flour - so I used 1 1/2 cups wheat flour, vegetable oil and just for kicks and giggles I used Mrs. Dash in place of salt [sodium free crust BONUS] and Nevella sugar substitute [sugar free crust DOUBLE BONUS] instead of sugar. Although I still prefer the olive oil - the girls and Pooldad liked this crust better.
So, now I am SURE you have the ingredients in the house. Mix it up - you can't wreck this recipe. It is so dang good. :)
Hugs to y'all! Skippy