Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Making Pizza!

It is my goal to perfect pizza crust this fall/winter. Since our letter theme this week is "P" I let Hudson help me with my first batch.

Here we are mixing and kneading the dough.

Rolling. (Do try to ignore the cllutter on my counter :))

Enjoying the fruits of our labour.

Here is the recipe we used.  It was a bit dry and fell apart in some places so I think I need to add more liquid in my next attempt.

Easy Pizza Dough From Recipe Pizza
  • 1 cup of warm water (105F)
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast


Put warm water (80 to 110°F) into a bowl. Add salt and honey and mix with a spoon. Add yeast, mix and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Gradually add flour and olive oil and start mixing.

When the mixture gets too heavy to mix, start kneading the dough with your hands.

Knead the dough until you have a smooth ball. If the dough cracks it is too dry. Add water bit by bit until if forms a nice coherent ball. If your doug feels more like batter, it is too wet and you need to add flour bit by bit. If you need to add water or flour, do it by small amounts.

Coat the dough with olive oil, place it in a large bowl and cover it with kitchen wrap or a grocery bag. Let the doug rise for about an hour at room temperature, then push it down again so it deflates. Let it sit for about another hour. If you want to use it the next day, put it in a refrigerator.

Put the dough on a lightly floured surface, put a bit of flour on top and make it into the shape of a pie by stretching it out from the center outwards. Use a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/4" thick. Punch some holes in the dough with a fork to let the air escape while the pizza is in the oven

Put on your pizza sauce of choice.
Put on your favorite pizza toppings.

Bake the pizza in you oven at 400 - 450° F for about 20 to 25 minutes until the crust is light brown.


Raising a Happy Child said...

It looks yummy, but I hate recipes that say "add something as desired". I can never get it right. Good luck with your tasty practice sessions :)

Susana said...

You are so good to make your dough yourself!

Thanks for the recipe too:-).

Christy said...

I have not had any luck making pizza dough. Did you like this recipe?

Your counter is far less cluttered than mine!

Jackie said...

Great idea! My kids love to help me make pizza dough and add the toppings.

Here is a little trick to pizza dough that I use. I pre-bake my crust for 10 minutes and then add my toppings and bake until the cheese is all melted.

I have a dough recipe somewhere on my blog, but yours looks very similar.

Virginia Lee said...

Looks like you all had lots of fun. I have tried Pizza Dough before, but I do not think Yeast and me mix. It does not like me at all. Could you do it in the bread machine? Yeast and I do fine in the bread machine.


A Frugal Friend said...

Thanks .....I'd love to make pizza...it's my daughter's favorite thing.

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