Let's make pizza dough.
I found an awesome "fool proof" recipe from Lauren's Latest a few months ago and as soon as I saw it I was itching to try it out. I have made pizza crust before, including this whole wheat pizza crust which happens to be amazing. But I wanted to try something a little different.
I have to say this is a. fool proof and b. fantastic. I used it the next night to make a little dessert as well--any guesses? :) I will post that super simple recipe tomorrow. For the time being, let's make some za.
Musical Selection: Hey Mama by: Mat Kearney Is anyone else obsessed with this song?
And now I'm hungry.
(Makes 2 medium sized pizza crusts)
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 cups bread flour (I used all purpose) give or take 1/2 of a cup depending on humidity
In a large bowl (I used my stand mixer) stir together water, honey and yeast. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes to "bloom" or until it is bubbly/frothy. Pour in salt, oil and half of the flour. Mix.
Once it is starting to incorporate, add in the remaining flour a little at a time (while the mixer is kneading) until you reach your desired consistency. Keep testing the dough by touching it, if it sticks it needs more flour if it doesn't you are good to go.
Once you get to the "not sicking on your fingers stage" turn the mixer on and let it go for 6 minutes. The dough will be soft and easy to work with at this point. Take it out of the bowl, spray the bowl with cooking spray and put it back into the bowl. Cover it and let it rise for 1-2 hours. Then it is ready!
Recipe found: here
Notes: I like to bake my pizzas on a pizza stone here is an example. You don't have to spend a ton of money on it and I just leave ours in the oven at all times. It has been fine but has gathered some interesting things. I should clean it.
Also, preheat your oven to at least 450 to ensure a crispy crust!