Monday, January 2, 2012

Easy Peasy Pizza Crust

We love pizza. Shocker! I know right, that came out of left field. Who would have thought that we like pizza at all? Sorry. I can focus.

So Matt found a recipe we have been using for awhile to make pizza. We normally substitute the all-purpose flour for whole wheat, but be aware it normally needs more moisture when you do that.

Here is what I needed:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Here is what Matt did:
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar into the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over top and let stand until foamy (10 minutes).
  2. Add the olive oil and salt to the yeast mixture. Then add the whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Mix (by hand) until dough starts to come together. Then spread the remaining flour on your work surface and knead dough until all flour is absorbed.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat the entire surface. Cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425.
  5. Take the dough and roll it to desired thickness and shape. 
  6. Place on well oiled pizza pan/baking sheet.  UPDATE - we love our new pizza stone!!! It makes every pizza more crusty!
  7. Cover with favorite pizza ingredients. (We used chicken, pepperoni, pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and CHEESE the last time we made this.) 
  8. Depending on the thinkness of your crust, cook for 16 to 20 minutes until golden. 

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