Monday, May 28, 2007

Home made pizza

Making pizza from scratch is not as hard as it seems and everyone can have a lot of fun making there own. The kids chose cheese and Italian sausage, I went upscale with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Sonoma goat cheese, sausage and fresh arugula. The dough has only a few ingredients and goes together very fast, a electric mixer with a dough hook is a huge plus because it does all the mixing and kneading If you want to make your own pizza and bread doughs then you will need one.

Basic pizza dough recipe
1 cup quality flour
1 cup lukewarm water (98F)
1 package dry bread yeast
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup good quality olive oil
1.Add yeast and sugar to water, let sit 15 minutes till bubbly
2.Add yeast/water to rest of ingredients, put in electric mixer
3.Mix for about 5 minutes or knead by hand for 15 minutes
4.Divide in half and roll out, put on baking sheets dusted with corn meal
5.Add your favorite toppings and place in 500 degree preheated oven
6.Bake till golden brown, around 10 minutes, cut and serve
Yield=2 small pizzas


Bro said...

Another option is to cook it on the BBQ. Use indirect heat and put the pizza on the top rack of a gas grill or away from the coals. Close the lid and let cook for about 5 minutes, check and turn if nessasary, finish for 5 more minutes. I make a Naan type bread this way. Tastes great.

nicki said...