15 January 2014

It's Easy to Make-Your-Own Pizza Dough!!

I know, I know - I've been MIA f-o-r-e-v-e-r!!

Back in December, Lulu came home for a couple of weeks, and between spending time with her, baking cookies, getting mother/daughter tattoos, and doing all of the regular holiday fun stuff with the family - the blog just got pushed to the wayside. Then since early January, I've been doing major battle with my chronic pain that basically left me unable to be at the computer for more than a minute or two. But I'm starting to feel a little better, so here I am - ready to share a recipe!!


One thing that I used to make for my family all of the time was homemade pizza. They loved my crust, and would ask for it at least once a week. But about 3 years ago, I stopped making it. My Oster kitchen center with the dough hooks died, my bread maker died, and the neck/back/arm pain made it impossible for me to knead the dough by hand. But over the holidays, I discovered a new recipe, combined it with my old one, and came up with one that is pretty easy to make!

I was watching "Extra Virgin" on the Cooking Channel when I was inspired...and I used Debi & Gabriele's pizza dough recipe as the base.

{enjoy the view} Pizza Dough

2 pkg. pizza crust yeast
1/2 c. warm water
3 1/2 c. bread flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. vegetable oil

Directions:
Add 1/2 c. warm water to bowl, then add yeast and 1/2 c. bread flour. Mix well, then let stand for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, the mixture should look a little bubbly.


Add 3/4 c. cold water and 1/4 c. vegetable oil and mix well.

Begin to add remaining 3 cups bread flour, a little at a time, until a soft dough forms. You can use dough hooks or a paddle mixer if you have it, but it's also easily done by hand.


Remove dough from bowl and knead gently for a couple of minutes until surface is mostly smooth.


Coat a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray or oil. Place dough face down in bowl, then turn dough over so that the "oiled" side faces up. Cover bowl with clean towel and allow dough to rise for 2 hours.

Punch down dough, then divide in half. Each half will make a large (16") pizza with thin crust.

Spread dough onto pizza pan, then add sauce and your favorite toppings.


Bake for 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees.


Enjoy!!

What are your favorite pizza toppings? I love pepperoni and mushrooms - but occasionally I'll go for everything but anchovies!

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