We haven’t had a make-your-own-pizza night for a while, but we had a lot of fixins, so last night we made it happen!
I make the crust following this easy recipe:
- 3 cups of unbleached flour
- half a packet of yeast
- tbsp of olive oil
- tbsp of salt
- water (about 1.5 cups)
Put the flour, yeast, salt and oil in a bowl. Add water a bit at a time, stirring constantly. I use a large dinner fork to stir, anything else just becomes too gooey. As far as consistency, I always eyeball it. The dough should keep its shape (for a little while), but still be very sticky to allow for perfect air bubbles.
Cover the bowl loosely with a damp cloth and leave it on the count. Let sit for as long as 4-5 hours. The yeast will do its thing, making the dough bubbly and perfect.
Preheat oven to 450. When ready, roll dough out on a well-floured counter (or toss in the air if you’ve got mad skills and want a round pizza). I also dust my pan with cornmeal, so the pizza doesn’t stick and has crisp morsels. Dry flour works as well, or get a non-stick pizza pan/stone. Put on toppings. You can also brush butter or olive oil on the crust. I personally put some garlic powder, paprika, and salt together, to make a buttery crust glaze, then brush it on. Bake on 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Mine (right): Homemade Pesto sauce, Mozz, marble jack and parm cheeses, fresh spinach, sliced tomato, mushrooms, artichoke hearts.
Wifes: Homemade Pesto sauce, Mozz and parm cheeses, fresh spinach, fresh zucchini, roasted butternut squash, ham.