Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pizza Dough

To say my family loves pizza would be a gross understatement. And I am no different! But since we live relatively far from most decent pizza places, and because we rarely go out to eat anyway, I've been making pizza at home for a few months now. I've used a few different recipes for crust (bread maker, bread stick dough,and biscuit dough to name a few), but I saw this recipe over at Real Mom Kitchen and had to give it a try. First attempt, pretty good, but I spaced it and forgot to add salt. (who does that?!?) Second time, too tough. Third time, perfection! I love how fast this dough is to make and it really tastes good! I made a BBQ chicken pizza the night I took the picture, so it works with all kids of pizza toppings.

Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

*3 cups flour, more or less
1 tablespoon honey, heaping
1 tablespoon oil, heaping
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. (If using a pizza stone, let stone heat for at least 30 minutes in the oven before baking pizza.) Mix all pizza dough ingredients together, except the flour. Add flour and knead for a bit then put into pan (or use a pizza peel and pizza stone). Top dough with sauce and toppings. If baking in a sheet pan, bake for about 12 minutes (checking often) until crust is browned and cheese is golden and bubbly. If baking on the preheated pizza stone, slide pizza onto stone and bake for about 8 minutes. Makes 1 large pizza.

*I found that my dough turned out a lot better and much softer by using less flour, more like 2 1/2 cups. And I bake mine on a pizza stone and don't preheat it since I don't have a peel, and it turns out just fine.

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