Pizza Dough

homemade pizza doughI have a wonderful recipe for dough cooked on the BBQ grill.  It’s delicious and always a hit, but the dough takes a few hours to prepare with all of the rise time needed.  I was thrilled to find a pizza dough recipe that doesn’t require any rise time.  I was able to go from start to finished pizza in less than an hour.

This recipe is derived from Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook. I had to alter it to fit my 18″ pizza pan and adjust bake times and seasoning to taste.

2¼ 3¼ c. all-purpose flour

1 envelope of rapid dry yeast

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)

2 TBSP olive oil

You will need an electric mixer. I used my KitchenAid stand mixer with the paddle beater to mix the dough and the dough hook to knead.  You could also do the kneading by hand. Pre-heat oven to 425°

  1. In your mixer bowl, start with 1¼ cups of the flour. Mix in yeast and salt.
  2. Warm one cup of water in the microwave, use a digital thermometer to test the temperature.
  3. Add water and oil to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix on low speed until combined, then on high for 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  6. Change the mixer attachment to the dough hook. Knead for 6-8 minutes.
  7. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Grease pizza pan
  9. Roll out the dough into a 20-22″ circle.
  10. Place on pan and roll under the edge to build up the edge.
  11. Prick the crust with a fork to prevent large bubbles from forming (from experience!)
  12. Bake for 12 minutes; until the dough is starting to set; may be slightly browned.
  13. Remove from oven and add sauces and toppings.
  14. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is browned and completely melted in the center.
Topping Ideas (not to be used all at once!)
Pesto, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon bits, tomatoes, green onion, red onion, artichoke hearts, black olives, sliced mushrooms.
The nice thing about making your own pizza at home is that you can customize it for your family.  I did mine with half red sauce, half pesto; and 1/4 cheese only, the rest with other combinations for the adults.



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