Kitchen Concoctions: Pizza Is All About Ingredients

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pizza Is All About Ingredients

One thing that I have learned over the years is that every competent to a good pizza is critical. From the crust to the sauce to the toppings, for a good great pizza you need a good go to recipe for each ingredient of the pizza.

Today I have a good recipe for homemade pizza dough. Tomorrow an extraordinary recipe for pizza sauce and then Thursday and Friday I have two nontraditional, yet taste bud pleasing pizza recipes!

I am a huge fan of the pizza dough recipe that I am sharing today because it whips up in minutes and only requires 30 minutes to rise. If you remember, I hate working with yeast solely because I am an impatient person and hate having to wait for the dough to rise. I know. I know. It sounds silly but especially when it comes to making dinner I usually don’t have the time to start making dinner hours before we actually are going to sit down and eat.

That is why this dough recipe comes in handy because I can make it and go on to make other things for dinner while it rises and a SHORT 30 minutes later the dough and pizza toppings are ready. This dough makes a chewy, yet airy, and slightly thick pizza crust. The only thing that I am disappointed about with this dough is that it does not freeze well. The original recipe made enough dough to make four pizzas, which is way too much for us, so I would freeze the other two pieces of dough for later use. I have done this in the past with other dough recipes and have great success, but this recipe does not work well after being frozen. So I have adjusted the recipe below to be enough for just two pizzas, and I guess I will just have to keep looking for a dough recipe that I can freeze.

30 Minute Pizza Dough
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Prep Time: 10 minutes Wait Time: 30 minutes Makes enough dough for 2 pizzas

1 ¾ cup hot water
1 tablespoon yeast
½ tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4-5 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in hot water. Mix salt, brown sugar and 3 cups of flour together. Stir in yeast and water mixture and then gradually stir in remaining 1-2 cups of flour. Keep adding flour until dough is not sticky. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Let rise for 30 minutes.

After dough has risen roll divide into two equal portions and roll into pizza sized shape. Add your desired toppings and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

adapted from My Favorite Recipes

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