Wednesday, 30 April 2014

back to basics: pizza dough



Who doesn't love pizza?  With a crunchy crust, gooey cheese, and all the toppings you want, who could resist?  

It's like the Leonardo DiCaprio of food.  And like Leo, it will likely never win an Oscar, but it still gets invited to the party.

One of the best things about pizza is that it is so incredibly versatile! You can make practically any kind of pizza you can dream of.  Our go-to pizza is topped with caramelized onions, sauteed red peppers, mushrooms, garlic, spinach and chicken, finished off with feta, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese.  But we also love greek, pepperoni, and we just tried making thai for the first time.  It was the bomb!

This is our tasty recipe for homemade pizza crust.  It takes a bit of time and work, but it is definitely worth it!  The extra spices in the crust add a nice punch of flavour.




Homemade Pizza Dough

Ingredients:
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling, hot tap water is fine)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon sugar

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups warm water

Directions:
1) In a medium size bowl dissolve sugar in the hot water, and then mix in yeast.  Let this rise for 15 minutes.
2) In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
3) Stir in the risen yeast, the warm water and the oil into the dry ingredients.
4) Mix well.
5) Turn out mixture onto a floured surface and knead until dough has a smooth texture.  About 10 minutes.
6) Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit in a warm area for 1 hour.
7) Split dough in half, each will make a large pizza.
8) With a rolling pin, roll out pizza a bit larger than the pan you are using.  I used a large round pizza pan (ours is 14 inches across), and a 10 x 15 square pan.
9) Once the dough has been rolled out, place over well greased pan (I used olive oil) and tuck in the edges to make a crust, poke holes in the crust with a knife or fork (this prevents crust bubbles).
10) Bake pizza at 350 for 20 minutes.
11) Add pizza sauce and desired ingredients.
12) Bake for another 8 minutes, or until the cheese has melted (sometimes we like to broil it).















 

This is a little sneak peek of what our thai pizza looks like!

Once your crust is cooked smother that baby with pizza sauce (or thai sauce!) and load up with yummy toppings.  By cooking the crust ahead of time, you can keep an eye on how it is doing.  You don't have to worry about a soggy crust under all your ingredients.
Then just pop it back in to heat up the toppings and melt your cheese.  We like to broil it so it gets all bubbly and delicious!

p.s.   jordyn & kelsey

3 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see your Thai pizza, it sounds absolutely delicious! Dying to know what's in your thai sauce.

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    1. aww, thanks! I'll give you a hint....there's peanut butter involved! ;)

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