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|
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."|
How do you like to top your pizzas?