How Awesome is Pizza!?!
My son wants pizza. I can't say no to him. He is so flippin' cute. He also thinks my pizza is better than anything from a pizza place. So, I can't say no. Plus it gives me a good reason to make some dough. This recipe comes from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. The recipe is at the end, if you want to try it. I spent lots of time testing recipe after recipe and found that this one makes a nice, stretchy dough. I tweeked it a bit.
I tried something new with this batch of dough. I let the machine go for 5 minutes, then let it rest for 5, then turned the machine on for 5 more minutes. I have to say it came out nice and silky.
After about 45 minutes on the counter, I shoved it in the fridge for about 1 more hour. I did this because I had to run an errand. Pizza dough is forgiving, so no worries. The most amazing thing happened, the dough became super elastic. I stretched one so thin, I think it only had one side. THIN CRUST HERE I COME!
They are like pretty little maids in a row. I let them rest on the counter to warm up. Cold dough is hard to stretch. My wife likes her pizza thick, I am kind of a purest when it comes to pizza. I prefer napolitian style pizza, so I have a happy medium that even the kids love.
I found that if I don't run the docking wheel over it I get ginormous bubbles and everything slides off. That looks cool, but my stone and oven become a big ol' mess.
I just top it with a quick and simple pizza sauce and some mozzerella/provolone mix - Into the oven with you!
This goes in...
This comes out!
I love pizza!
Basic Pizza Dough (from America's Test Kitchen)
4 1/2 c. bread flour
1 envelope yeast
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T. olive oil - (the better the oil, the better the flavor of the crust.)
1 3/4 c. warm water (I use bottled water. I don't know if that makes any difference, Ask a New Yorker.)
It's all dump and go from here. Try out the 5-5-5 method for yourself (it's in the blog.) don't forget to stick it in the fridge for at least an hour. I plan on trying it over night to see what happens. I will update if it is good.