Thursday, March 8, 2012

Homemade Cheese Pizza.

I love me some pizza and have been wanting to make my own for some time, but I just haven't gotten around to it until now. Yesterday I came across a recipe for crust that looked too simple and good to pass up.

Easy Pizza Crust:
-1 cup warm water                                                     -2 teaspoons salt
-2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast                                   -2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
-1 tablespoon honey {or sugar}                                    -3 cups bread flour {give or take 1/2 cup}

In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour mixture and mix.

Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn't stick to your hands.

Next turn the mixer on high to knead for 6 minutes, turn a timer on and walk away. Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes. Apparently that is the magic number. When the timer goes off your dough should be smooth and easy to work with and the bowl should be clean.

Lightly grease the bowl and dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with pan inside.
Roll out dough on lightly greased parchment paper{it makes it easier to transfer to pan}.

Here is where you get to be creative. I drizzled a thin layer of olive oil and then garlic onto the dough. I love garlic.

Next came the tomatoes. I used crushed tomatoes with oregano and basil. But you could use them in just about any form you'd like.

Then I loaded it up with finely shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese. I was going to put fresh basil leaves on as well, but as luck would have it when I pulled them out of the fridge they had gone bad. lame.

Lastly pull pan from oven and place pizza on it cook for 10-15 minutes.

It turned out pretty dang good. Next time I will lightly grease the parchment paper as my crust stuck to it in places. Can't wait to try this recipe out again and play around with the toppings.

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