Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pizza Crust

I've been on a pizza kick lately.  I've been making the dough from scratch since I no longer have access to Trader Joe's and their pre-made dough.  And actually, it seems silly that I thought I needed pre-made dough since this is such an easy, EASY recipe.  Really.  I've always been a little nervous about using yeast, but you really can't mess this up.    

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Stir yeast and sugar into hot water and let stand for 15 minutes or until foamy.

NOTE #1:  Water should be hot, but not so hot that you can't put your finger in it.  If the yeast does not grow, the water was either too hot or not hot enough.  

While yeast is proofing, measure out flour and salt and place in food processor.

With food processor running, pour water and yeast mixture into the bowl and let run until a ball forms.

NOTE #2:  You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you don't have a food processor.

NOTE #3:  If a ball does not form or all flour is not incorporated, add a few extra drops of water.    

Turn dough onto floured surface (I use my Silpat mat) and knead into a smooth ball.

Let dough rest for 10-15 minutes on a floured surface.

Divide dough in half.

Roll half of the dough out onto parchment until thin and then top with desired toppings.

Source:  Megan Porter