(smoked sausage and mozzarella)
Pizza night is pretty much a standard around here. There isn't much that I love more than dough from scratch and delicious ingredients all bubbling around and creating pizza. In fact, I make pizza so often that literally the last time I remembering ordering delivery was the day we moved into this townhouse. And I had wanted to make pizza but we were quite exhausted.
I've posted it before, but it's definitely worth a re-visit. I've added a few tips that I've picked up along the way.
1c warm water
1Tbs yeast (or one of those single serve packets)
1tsp olive oil
3c white flour
1. mix together water, honey, olive oil, and yeast
2. let sit about 4-5 mins, until yeast gets bubbly
3. slowly add the flour while stirring with a large, cold spoon. Alternatively, use your dough hook on your mixer and put on low while adding flour
4. Keep mixing until the dough looks uniform and easily comes off the sides of the bowl
**tip: sometimes I feel like my dough needs less flour and sometimes more. It depends on the flour and the humidity, and probably also on other random things. Don't beat yourself up over it. Add the flour bits at a time, you can always add more if your dough is supermegasticky**
5. Once you have a nice dough ball, pour olive oil over it and let it sit, covered, about one hour. It should double in size.
6. stretch that sucker evenly over a pizza pan that has been sprinkled with flour (my favorite is to use semolina flour, but in a pinch I also use corn meal) and bake it at 400F for about 5 minutes. Do this BEFORE putting toppings on.
7. Add your toppings, raise your oven temp to 500F, and bake 5 more minutes, switching to broil if you need to in order to get a nice brown and bubbly top!
Here's some of our favorite ways to top our pizzas
Hawaiin BBQ: pineapple + mozzarella + bbq sauce (we like to add bbq sauce to the marinara base and also sprinkle some on top)
Classic Pepp: your most delicious mozzarella + your finest pepperoni + marinara
Summer Corn: 1/2 mozzarella + 1/2 white cheddar + corn (that has been mixed around in some melted butter and garlic powder) + freshly cracked pepper + marinara (spread thin)
Cheesy Bread: Forget the marinara. mozzarella + cheddar + white cheddar + melted butter mixture (2Tbs melted butter + garlic powder). Brush raw dough with melted butter mixture before the pre-bake. Brush again after the dough comes out of the oven, before adding the cheese. After all the cheese is piled on, sprinkle the rest of the butter on top.
Seriously. We love some pizza around here.
Do you? Have you ever made pizza dough from scratch? Now that I've got the hang of it, I can't stop!