June 28, 2009

©2009 Amuse-bouche for Two

Pizza Dough

I've tried other pizza dough recipes, but this one is by far the simplest and most delicious.

You'll need:

Standup mixer (such as KitchenAid) with paddle attachment
3 small bowls (such as cereal bowls)

1 cup hot water (105°-110°)
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey or sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Start by adding the yeast and sugar to the hot water. Let this sit and develop as you ready the flour and salt in the mixing bowl. Be sure to wisk together so that the yeast doesn't come into direct contact with the salt. Add olive oil and hot water/yeast/sugar mixture. Turn on mixer to low speed and let go for 5 minutes.

The dough will be wrapped around the paddle, it should feel warm and smell yeasty. Pull from paddle, gently form into ball.

©2009 Amuse-bouche for Two

At this point I divide the ball into three and place into oiled bowls which I cover with plastic wrap and retire to the fridge. While the cold temperature of the fridge retards the rising, it will rise. You can keep it for about 5 days like this.

©2009 Amuse-bouche for Two

The pizza pictured was topped with homemade red sauce, oregano, gruyere, parmesan and red onion.

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