Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pizza Night

Since Nick's been home, I've had more time on my hands and have been home more. I have received some great recipes and ideas from friends and am being more and more inspired to cook and bake.

I heard my friend Michelle talk about Friday night pizza night and decided that was a wonderful idea! I learned to make pizza dough and have Nick top the dough since he worked his way through college in a pizzaria. (I never do it quite right)

Tonight was our pizza night. I had several veggies and of course, pepperoni, my favorite! No pizza is complete in our house without LOTS of cheese.

Pizza Dough

2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1-1/2 cups warm water (110 ⁰F)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it. Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.


Michelle said...

That looks delish! I want to try some more grown-up toppings with ours. Lately it's been plain old pepperoni.

Paula said...

I LOVE fresh mushrooms and onions. I think I'll add spinach and fresh tomatoes next time. When the kids are with us (summers, etc) I do mini pizzas and let them make their own. Next time I will split this crust into two. It was too thick for Nick. He likes it thin and crisp.