Pizza Made Simple

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , |

Today let’s talk pizza dough.  I’m amazed that stores sell fresh dough in plastic bags!  Yuck!  I can’t imagine how people get that goo out of there!  They must lose half of it stuck to the bag.  And pizza dough is about the simplest thing you can make.  Here you go.

1 package yeast (2.25 t. if you bought in bulk and you don’t have to be super precise, just estimate that .25!)

1 cup warm water (I do 1/2 cup boiling from the teakettle and 1/2 cold from the tap.  It should be just barely warm otherwise add more cold.)

1.25 cups white flour, preferrably unbleached organic

2 tablespoons olive oil, preferrably organic

.5 teaspoons salt

1 cup whole wheat flour, preferrably organic ( I often change this to a mixture of other interesting non-wheat flours like corn flour, buckwheat, ground quinoa, chickpea flour – you can play a bit here!)

Combine yeast, water, white flour.  Mix right there in the bowl of your mixer.   Add oil, salt, whole wheat flour (and you can add herbs/spices now if you want like powdered garlic or oregano) until dough sticks together.  Knead with dough hook or paddle for a bit.  Roll dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover loosely, set in warm place to rise for about an hour.  Ready to use after this.  Makes 2 balls to make thin 12 inch pizzas or 1 thicker crust pizza.

           Food - Pizza Dough 1          Food - Pizza Dough 2

You can see it begins rather wet, but within a minute it becomes a dough mass like you see on the right.

Food - Pizza Dough 3            Food - Pizza Dough 4

Put about a teaspoon of olive oil in the clean bowl and smooth it around with your fingertips, then just rub into your hands, wonderful moisturizer!  Scoop the dough out of the mixing bowl and plop into the oiled bowl, then just turn it once so it has a light coating of oil all over it.  Cover, but not tightly and put in a warm place.  My warm place is a heating pad set on low.

Food - Pizza Dough 5

In an hour or so it has doubled in size and it is ready to either refrigerate for later or put out flat on to pizza stones or pans.  Flatten with moistened fingertips and top with anything you like.  My favorite is a thin layer of tomato paste, chopped onions, mushrooms and peppers, garlic slices, thin slices of Hungarian summer sausage from House of Homemade Sausage, my local source (, and fresh mozzarella on top.  Bake for 30-40 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  Slice and enjoy!

You will not believe how good this is made fresh.  Don’t bother with frozen pizza or raw dough in bags at the supermarket.  This is sooooo much better!  And please, dump those goo-making microwave ovens, invest in a good toaster oven to reheat leftovers – magically good!

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