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
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
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.