Friday, February 1, 2013

Rushed Pizza Dough

We love to make homemade pizza around here. After I found the only red sauce I will ever like, I am spoiled. I love to pick my own ingredients and have the unlimited options. Ethan has his half plain pepperoni and I load the veggies high on my side.

The most popular time for us to make pizza is on the weekend. We are usually watching a game and just decide we want something quick, easy, and delicious. Pizza dough usually takes a few hours to rise, so sometimes we will have to resort to the evil pizza on wheels delivered straight to our door. I have found the solution to that problem a quick-rising pizza dough, 30 minutes quick! This is a thin pizza crust that gets crispy and creates the perfect bite.
Source: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

1/2 cup of Warm Water
1 1/4 teaspoons of Active Dry Yeast
1 1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour, + more for dusting the counter
1 teaspoon of Salt
Olive Oil, for coating the bowl


First, pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. When it reaches 200 degrees, set the timer for 5 minutes, and then turn the oven off.

While the oven is warming, pour 1/2 cup of warm water into a bowl, if you are using an electric mixer use that bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it stand undisturbed for 5 minutes.

Now, add the flour and salt and mix with your dough hook or a wooden spoon until a craggy mass forms.

Next, if you are using your hands, put the dough on the counter and knead for 5 minutes, if you are using your mixer turn it to low speed for 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth.

Now, coat the inside of a bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the warmed oven for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.

After the 30 minutes has elapsed, place the dough onto a floured counter or pizza stone and roll out the dough.

Follow any pizza recipe from here. We place a few tablespoons of red sauce on the dough and layer our favorite ingredients and cheese on. We bake on a pizza stone for 10-12 minutes at 440 degrees.

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