Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pizza Dough

A few friends have asked for my pizza dough recipes, so I figured I'd put them up on here.  I like to share.  ;)

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust:

1 tsp. Sugar
1.5 C. Warm Water
1 Tbsp. Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt
2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
1.5 C. All Purpose Flour

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the
    top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

  2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the
    whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts
    to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the
    remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been
    absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place
    dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely
    with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size,
    about 1 hour.

  3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured
    surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to
    make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45
    minutes, until doubled.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough
    with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape
    it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while
    rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place
    on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such
    as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.

  5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated
    oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is
    melted on the top.

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

2 C. Warm Water
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Yeast
1 Tbsp. Salt
5 - 6 C. All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

Dissolve all (except flour) in the water.  Blend in flour and knead until smooth and springy (by hand or with your mixer).  Place dough in oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 450.  Punch down dough and divide into 4 pieces.

Roll out each piece into a pizza, add toppings, and bake for 15 minutes.

There you go!  They're both super simple and make excellent pizza.  Gee, now I'm drooling again.  Too bad the girls finished the leftover pizza for lunch today.

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