After reading a couple of hilarious posts in the last few days on Sheepish Annie’s blog re: her love affair with all things pizza, I thought it would be a good time to share my homemade pizza dough recipe and make some for us too.
With the recent heat wave that’s been happening here, anything that keeps the use of the oven to a minimum is a blessing! Twenty minutes of baking time worked just fine. 🙂
Zucchini, Onion and Artichoke Pizza
Homemade pizza is so much better than commercial and for so many reasons. Obviously, not as expensive. Ingredients not questionable (many commercial crusts contain lard) and of course the varieties you can have fun making are endless. Healthier choices made easy for a ‘fast food’ that has stood the test of time. Pizza will be around forever I think. I certainly hope so. Enjoy!!!!
This dough recipe makes enough for 2- (14″-15″) regular crusts OR 3- (12″-13″) thin crusts (my preference).
HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH
Pizza dough doesn’t have to be complicated to make. This way, you can be sure what you are eating; many commercial pizza crusts contain lard. This one is from my brother Wendell’s collection of recipes and it is one of the best I’ve ever made or tasted.
1 C. lukewarm (not hot) water
1 T. sugar or honey
2 T. dry yeast
¼ C. olive oil
½ teas. sea salt
2 ½-3 C. unbleached white flour
Optional: 1 T. mixed dried herbs of choice (oregano, thyme, savory etc…)
In a large bowl, combine lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and stir just once. Cover and let dissolve in a warm place, about 10-15 minutes, yeast should be frothy.
Add oil and salt and then stir in just enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board and knead 100 times, adding more flour if required. Dough should be smooth and satiny but not dry. Note: Add dried herbs with the flour (opt.).
Grease mixing bowl and place kneaded ball of dough in it. Cover with a dampened tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until doubled.
Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease pizza pans.
Divide dough in half (or 3 for thin crusts), spread out on prepared pans, forming a thin crust around edges. Hint: Wet your fingers slightly to help with this step.
Top crusts with a thin layer of tomato sauce ( go easy on this, too much means a soggy crust ) and toppings of choice. Bake for 20-25 minutes, reduce heat to 400 F after first 10 minutes, if browning too fast.
Reprinted from: Not Just for Vegetarians, Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way by Geraldine Hartman. All rights reserved.