Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pizza Dough Recipe

So here is the pizza dough recipe that I got off the Internet and tweaked a bit, we use it often and it is pretty yummy:

3 to 3-1/2 cups flour
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp yeast
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer, but use what you've got!

Put warm water in a bowl (about 100 to 110 degrees) - it should very warm, but not burning hot. Add the honey and mix for about 20 seconds. Add the yeast and mix for a few more seconds. Add 1 cup of the flour and the salt and mix for another 10 seconds, add the olive oil and mix until blended. Now I add 2 more cups of flour and mix with the dough hook on a fairly high speed for a minute or two. The dough should turn into a ball and roll around the hook. If it doesn't because it's too wet, add more flour, a little at a time. If it's too dry, add a little water at a time until it balls up good. Place the dough on a floured board or your counter and knead for about a minute to help the gluten make the dough rise, etc.
Place the dough in a (Pam sprayed) bowl and cover with a damp dishtowel. I usually put the bowl on top of my range and turn the oven on for a few minutes to make it nice and warm up there. After about 45 minutes, the dough should be doubled in size. Punch it down, right in the middle and then let it rise for another hour to hour and a half. It's now ready to use. (If you aren't ready, you can punch it down one more time and let it rise for another hour)
I separate the dough into 3 or so sections (these make good sized pizzas - about half a jelly roll pan) Pat or roll it out to desired thickness on your floured counter top. (If you're really good, like Rose, you can through it around and up in the air!) Don't forget to put corn meal on your pan, so the pie won't stick. Put it on the pan before you top it, or it will be too hard to move to the pan.
We cook ours at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, depending on how thick it is and how many toppings you've got on there. It's helpful to slide a metal spatula under the pizza when you think it might be done to see if it's firm under the middle of the pizza - sometimes the rest looks done and it's still mushy down there.
Toppings: Spaghetti Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Pesto Sauce, onions, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, bell peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, fresh spinach, cooked chicken chunks, mushrooms, olives, use your imagination!