Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pizza Crust Recipe

My favorite easy pizza crust. I make this all the time with various toppings. Only takes afew minutes to put together, then about an hour to rise. I lightly sautee my vegetable toppings before putting them on the pizza, and I also like to prebake the crust for about 4 minutes prior to adding the toppings. Dry yeast is extremely cheap at Sam's club, and it lasts forever when kept in the freezer. I don't use a thermometer to check the water temperature. When it's hot enough that it feels like the right temperature for a bath, that's when I add it to the yeast.

1 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 1/2 cups very warm water
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil (plus a little extra)
Approx 4 cups AP flour (another variation is to use half AP flour and half whole wheat)

In a medium bowl, combine the yeast, warm water and honey. Let stand approximately 10 minutes, until the yeast looks "foamy". Add 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 cups of the flour. Combine. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and gradually start adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and not sticky. Lightly oil a large bowl with a little olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, cover with a dish towel, and place in a warm place until dough has doubled in size. Punch down, spread on lightly oiled pizza stone or pan, top as desired, bake approximately 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.


Megan Nordheim said...

that looks really good. I have been wanting to make pizza. Brian and I used to do that at least once a month, I have not since I moved

Anonymous said...

Trying out your pizza crust recipe tonight. I'm making it 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat. Looked in the fridge, saw a red and green pepper starting to look bad and thought hmmm. Had some leftover chicken, will add red onions and use bbq sauce as the base. Thanks for posting. Trying your foccacia bread next!

Penny (psmjaguar)

Anonymous said...

I'm over here looking for a good sauce recipe to go with it!!!


jennifer c. said...

Come to think of it, I rarely make pizza sauce from scratch. Dei Fratelli and Mids both make a really good sauce lol