Thursday, July 26, 2007
I have never made my own pizza dough before and I thought I would give it a whirl. I have to say, it turned out very good! The only adjustment I would make to this would be before baking, I will spray some butter on the crust and sprinkle with garlic seasoning, just to help add to the flavor.
I found this recipe in a magazine my good friend Erica got me while I had my wisdom teeth pulled. I didn't know Paula Deen had a magazine until it arrived in my care package! I was so excited! This recipe was very easy and turned out great. I topped it with Ragu pizza sauce (yes, canned pizza sauce-I didn't want to push my luck!), Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, green pepper and mozzerella cheese.
Traditional Pizza Crust - Makes 1 15 in crust
1 (1 1/4 oz) envelope active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
3 1/4 cup AP flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine yeast, sugar, and water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
It the work bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt. Pulse several times to combine. With processor running, slowly add yeast mixture and oil. Continue running processor until mixture is combined and forms a ball.
O a lightly floured surface, turn dough out and knead for 5 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover, and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 18 inch circle. Sprinkle pizza pan evenly with corn mean. Fold edges over to form a crust. Add desired toppings and bake for 15-20 minutes.*
*** I used my Pizzazz pizza maker, so I didn't bake it. I highly recommend the Pizzazz! It's awesome. It allows you to cook frozen or fresh pizzas without using the oven. It also lets you cook the pizza using the top and bottom heating elements (dual), or just the bottom or just the top. This is great when you want your crust extra crispy, which is hard to do when making homemade pizza. We cooked in in the Pizzazz for 16 minutes on dual, then 2 extra minutes on bottom.