Monday, August 27, 2012

Homemade Pizza Dough

Pizza is such a great dinner (or lunch. Or breakfast, if you're feeling that way). It always satisfies, and everyone loves it. My family usually prefers pizza of the thin crust variety, but for those days when only a chewy, thick crust will do, this crust recipe is perfect.

Pizza is always sort of known as a typical Friday night I-don't-feel-like-cooking kind of meal, but lately it's gotten more of a makeover. There are a few great pizza restaurants where I live, and they have some really creative toppings these days! One of my favorite pizzas has always been pesto and cheese. If you haven't tried it, do it! It's fantastic. But for this pizza, we just chose good ol' pepperoni and cheese.

If you're feeling like pizza and you're in the mood to make it yourself, you should try this recipe out for sure. It's easy, delicious and you can top it with whatever you like. Plus, it freezes really well, so you could take it out on one of those lazy days and you'll have pizza before the delivery man would make it to your door.

Pizza Dough
From Allrecipes
Makes two normal sized round pizzas

  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 pkg.)
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. 

Stir salt and oil into yeast mixture, then add 2 1/2 cups of flour. 

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead in more flour until dough isn't sticky. Form into a bowl and place in a well oiled bowl, turning once to cover top in oil, and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about one hour. Punch down dough and let rest a minute before rolling out. Divide into two balls and roll out into round shapes to fit pizza pan.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease pizza pan and let rolled out dough rise for 15 minutes before topping. Add toppings and bake in preheated oven for for 15 to 20 minutes.

*Note: If freezing all or half of dough, wrap in plastic wrap right before rolling out.


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