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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

home-made pizza

home-made pizza

i’ve been wanting to make my own pizza dough ever since hubby’s brother’s family moved to richmond. my sister-in-law made pizza more than once when we visit, and i thought it was both easy and tasty. last night i was finally brave enough to give it a try. it’s been a long time since i’ve posted photos of food … hasn’t it?

well, this time i’ll also share the recipe.

pizza dough

3 1/3 cups unbleached bread flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water

mix first three ingredients with a wire whisk.  stir in water until a ball of dough forms.  cover for 15 minutes.  place dough on lightly floured surface and knead until there are no lumps (less than five minutes–dough will be very sticky–it’s okay to skip the kneading, esp. if you’re going to let the dough sit for more than two hours).

keep dough covered until ready to use–the longer the better, even overnight.

when making pizza, spread a blob on parchment paper with fingers (or roll out).  the amount above yields two to three small pizzas.  bake in the hottest oven possible.  at 550 degrees, my pizzas take about 7 minutes, and at 425, they take about 10-12 minutes.  keep the toppings fairly sparse so they cook in the same time as the dough.

to make bread with this recipe instead of pizzas, cook on 400 for about 30 minutes or until done.

home-made pizza

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