Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crusty Pizza Dough recipe

I love this recipe because not only is it perfect for pizzas, but also for calzones, braided meatball sandwiches, picadillo empanadas and I've even wrapped a square of dough around a hot dog and some cheese! 15 minutes in the oven... crusty and succulent! Doesn't this pizza look happy?


Sometimes my children amaze me. 
Here's my baby cutting bell peppers like she's been doing it her whole life! 
She looks like a little mommy!
She's five years old and she used a butter knife!


Oh, yah! The recipe!

Crusty Pizza Dough
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I just keep adding a little flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticky and becomes smooth and elastic)

I make my dough using my Kitchen Aid, a genius machine! But I'm sure any other food processor would do, or even the dough setting on a bread machine. Or even your own hands and a little elbow grease!

When the dough is ready, I put it in a bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel and sit it on top of the kitchen radiator to rise. But any warm spot with no drafts will do. I let it rise for at least a 1/2 hour.

The dough can even be kept overnight in an airtight container in the fridge. But it will continue to rise, so beware!

Roll it out thin, top it or fill it or stuff it or braid it to your heart's content and pop in a 425°F or 215°C oven for about 15 minutes or until golden. Enjoy hot! But with this kind of pizza, I've even been known to eat it for breakfast!


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