Sunday, October 30, 2011

Impromptu Pizza

This pizza recipe is really easy. I woke up this morning thinking, it'd be nice to have some pizza but can we fit it into our schedule today? Then I was encouraged by the ingredient list for the pizza dough--only five ingredients! I can make it before church! I mixed all the ingredients together, kneaded the dough in our stand mixer, and let it rise while we were at church. When we got back, the fun began!

Basic Pizza Dough from The Kitchen Bible
modified with what I had on hand
3 2/3 cups bread flour
4 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups tepid water
2 tbsp olive oil

Combine flour, yeast and salt. Mix until combined. Add water and oil and mix until a ball forms. Knead for 6 minutes with dough hook, while adding more flour until the bottom stops sticking to the bowl. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic. Let it rise until doubled. This is a soft and sticky dough. You will need to dust it and your hands with flour when handling it.

Once we got back, I punched down the dough and divided them into two boules. My pizza tossing still needs work, but I managed to stretched to dough out without rolling or breaking the dough.

The sauce is also simple. But I found the pizzas came out too saucy. Next time I will save half of the sauce.

Simple Pizza Sauce
15oz tomato suace
3 oz tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
dash of onion powder
dash of garlic flakes
dash of ground pepper

Mix ingredients in a medium size saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Olives are only allowed on half of the pizza
Top the pizzas with your favorite ingredients! We made a Hawaiian one with ham, pineapple, black olives, and shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

The second pizza we topped with spinach, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and crumbled feta.

Bill says, "Mmm, cheesy goodness."
We love having pizzas for lunch or dinner! They're fun and tasty. With some preparation, we had two pizzas within an hour. Plenty of leftovers for the coming week. Needless to say I have pizza recipe books on my wishlist. Pizza stone has also been recommended to us. Perhaps I will need to get one.

How do you like to top your pizzas?


Richard Blake said...

Oh, yes. Get a stone--or put it on the wishlist for Christmas. You and Kendall should do a cook-off some day!
I'll be the judge :)

erindgr8 said...

I made pizza for lunch today, too! (Pesto with mozzarella, tomatoes, and garlic). I use a pizza stone and actually bake the crust for 10 minutes before putting on the toppings and baking for the remaining time. It's easier to spread toppings and sauce around and it makes for a crispier crust. I also cheat and use pre-made dough to reduce the time. It's basically as fast as ordering delivery!

hong-lean said...

I bet it's more delicious than delivery!

Lindsey said...

I love my pizza dough recipe as well, it's from the Breadbaker's Apprentice book. So yummy and makes wonderful thin crust pizza (or at least that's how we toss it). It does take two days though because you let it rest overnight to allow the yeast to break down the carbs. I love seeing new pizza ideas, keep it coming!

hong-lean said...

I use the Bread Baker's Apprentice too! I'm attempting to try every recipe but it'll take a while. Keep an eye out for them on my blog :)

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