Thursday, April 21, 2011

Perfect Pizza Dough

We've been using this recipe for so long that I forgot where it originally came from. It is by far my favorite pizza dough recipe and I've tried a lot!!! Plus, it is super simple!
Every Sunday night we have family pizza movie night, where I make the dough and roll it out for each family member to have their own personal pizza. Each of us top our pizza with whatever we want and we joke that if you don't like it, it is your own fault (since you made it). Fortunately, we all love it so much it has become a tradition in our house that the kids have become quite attached to! One Sunday we were going to go out to dinner with my grandparents and both kids had meltdowns because they said that we could NOT miss family pizza movie night! Oh, so after the pizzas cook, we lay a plastic table cloth on the floor and eat picnic style while watching a family movie together! It is a lot of fun!

1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp italian seasoning (crushed in hand)
2 1/2 - 3 C flour (King Arthur is my absolute fav... I use 1 c whole wheat and 2 c unbleached white)
1 .25oz pkt yeast or 2 1/4 t jarred bread yeast
1 T sugar
1 C warm water (110 degrees)

For a softer crust:
Mix all ingredients in Kitchenaid or by hand (making sure to knead throughly).

For a crisper crust:
Mix water, sugar and yeast in a separate bowl and allow to proof (get foamy). This should take less than 5 minutes.

Once ingredients are fully combined and formed into a smooth doughball, place in a lightly greased bowl, lightly covered. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Use a rolling pin to roll dough into pizza shape.
Makes 2 large or 4 small crusts.
Top with your choice of toppings.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes, or until done to your liking (depends on how crispy you like your crust)
We find our best success preheating the oven with the pizza stone inside.
Have fun and ENJOY!!

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