I have really struggled for a while to find a good homemade pizza crust recipe, and with all of the ready to bake pizza crusts available in the grocery store, I haven’t been too motivated to continue trying. Therefore, the snow day coupled with the BCS game provided me with a perfect opportunity to make a pizza crust, and if I do say so myself, it was a success.
I used the recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks “Best Recipe”, from Cook’s Illustrated. They sample different techniques and report on what they find to be the best ones. As a science teacher, I appreciate the kitchen experiments and the results, and happily profit from their time spent researching. This recipe called for using a food processor to make the dough, which I had not tried yet. It was very easy to use, and I was pleased with my results. Recipe follows:
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1 pack of instant yeast (I used Fleischman’s Rapid Rise)
1 1/4 cup room temperature water
4 cups bread flour (I used regular white flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
cornmeal for dusting the pizza with before baking.
First, combine warm water and yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes. Once the five minutes is up, add 1 1/4 cups room temperature water. In the meantime, combine flour and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix it. Add wet ingredients and process for about 30 seconds or until dough is sticky and well mixed. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. You can’t overknead this dough, so get out all of your day’s stresses and frustration. Form a ball with the dough and place it in a well oiled deep bowl. Cover it tightly with plastic and allow it to sit for about 2 hours at room temperature. (They recommend using plastic instead of a damp cloth because it creates a tighter seal, which I found to be true and successful.) After two hours, punch down the dough, form your crust, add your ingredients and bake! They recommend heating the oven for about 30 minutes at 500F, which I did. I baked the pizza itself at 400F. I will say that I have yet to get a pizza stone, although I may now invest in one since I can finally make pizza dough. It comes highly recommended, so if this works for you, you may also want to think about investing.
Now, if only I could find a delicious pizza sauce recipe. “Best Recipe”‘ did make a suggestion, but it just didn’t do the trick. Any recommendations?
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