4.28.2011

homemade pizza crust


Did you get a chance to take a peek at my meal planning 101 post earlier this week?  If so, you may be looking for recipes to add to next week's menu.  And I'm here to help!

Nearly 6 months ago I asked a friend if she had a tried and true homemade pizza crust recipe to share.  She handed over the best. recipe. ever.  No kidding!

It takes no time at all to whip together, needs only a couple of hours to rise, and bakes to perfection!  Read on for the tasty recipe.  And, make sure you stop back Tuesday for some creative decorating ideas!


Homemade Pizza Crust

You'll need:

3 cups white bread flour
(OR) 2 cups white bread flour plus 1 cup wheat bread flour

1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1 packet (OR) 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup hot water (not too hot, but more than warm)
2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cookie sheets, pizza pans, or baking stones

Directions:

Put yeast in the bottom of a small bowl or measuring cup.  Add the hot water.  Mix a little and let it sit to dissolve.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.

After roughly 5 minutes, add olive oil to the yeast and water mixture.

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the liquid.  Mix with a spoon the best you can and then get in there with your hands to finish mixing it together.  If you are having a hard time getting all of the flour to mix in, add a little more water - do this a tiny bit at a time.  By the way, you could also use an electric mixer with a dough attachment for this step.

Once you have a dough ball, knead it in the bowl 3-4 times.  The dough does not need to get super smooth.

Remove the dough ball, dump any bits from your bowl, oil the bowl, and put the dough ball back in.  Place a towel or plate on top of the bowl and set it aside to rise.  2 hours is plenty of time, but you can let it go up to 4 hours.

When it's time to prepare the pizzas, separate the dough into 2 halves.  Spread a little bread flour on your counter top and roll the dough one ball at a time.  Place each crust on a greased baking sheet, pizza pan, or baking stone.  Top with your favorite ingredients.  Pre-heat your oven to 425* and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

2 comments:

Mindy said...

Your newest follower. I love love love this recipe. Who would have thought pizza crust would have been this easy. This is the recipe I have been using for about 3 months or so. We have pizza nights on Fridays and it has helped to cut down on expense of going out to eat pizza.

oh, buckets' blog said...

@Mindy - so happy to have you as a follower! we also have pizza, with this crust, on Fridays - it's a great way to end the week!

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