REB and I were waffling between making stir fry or pizza for dinner. Since there was football on TV, I think the obvious choice was pizza. However, my thoughtful sweetie said it might be fun to make our own dough. So we did, and it was amazing.
I can’t take any credit for this recipe. We used Ina Garten’s recipe for pizza dough. I mean, she can be really annoying and she says smarmy, cheesy things, but she has some OK recipes. If you don’t know who she is, she’s the Barefoot Contessa lady on Food Network.
We just used one of her pizza recipes for the dough. It can be found here. We didn’t make California grilled pizzas, but the dough recipe was outta sight! Now, we have a stand mixer so we used that (as the recipe will note to use). However, if you don’t own one, I imagine using a hand-mixer with dough hooks would work just the same. Or use your best tools: your hands.
Here’s what you’ll need (if you don’t want to visit the link):
• 1 1/4 cup warm water
•2 packages dry yeast (we used Red Star brand dry active yeast)
•1 tablespoon honey
•3 tablespoons olive oil
•4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
•2 teaspoons salt
Once the dough is smooth in the mixer, stop it and take it out. Place it on a lightly floured cutting board or counter and continue to knead it until it’s smooth.
After 30 minutes, uncover and you’ll see that the dough has risen! Take it out of the bowl and place on a cutting board.
Cut the dough into six pieces (we cut it in half and then cut each half into thirds) and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Don’t they look like cute little pillows of nomminess? Cover the cookie sheet with a damp towel and let it sit for 10 minutes
While the dough sits under the damp towel, prepare your toppings
Preheat your oven to 500ºF (Yowsa! That’s hot!)
When the dough is done sitting, take a piece and pull and stretch into a 6-to-8-inch round
Then ya bake it for 10 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted
What we learned after making mine was that the basil almost got burnt. It didn’t taste bad whatsoever, but it was a little darker than I wanted. For his pizza, we put the basil on 5 minutes into baking so it wouldn’t crisp as much or as fast. Worked like a charm!
The third one we made was sliced and put into the fridge for leftovers. We only used half the dough pieces. The rest were put into the freezer to be used at another time!
Like I said, I can’t take any credit for this dough. It turned out so well and I can’t ever imagine ordering pizza again. It was so simple to make and so delicious to eat.