Friday, October 3, 2008

Pizza crust

I love pizza. Love it. But I've never found a homemade pizza that I liked enough to repeat until I came across this recipe. It's truely heavenly! Even Brian has admitted that he likes this crust better than local pizza places! Success!



Ingredients:
½ cup warm water (~110°)
2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
1 ¼ cups warm water, at room temperature
2 Tablepsoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 ½ teaspoons salt
olive oil or cooking spray for greasing the bowl

Directions:
Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.  Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until the yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes.  Add the room temperature water and oil and stir to combine.  

 


Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Briefly combine the dry ingredients at low speed.  Slowly add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix at low speed until a cohesive mass forms.  Stop the mixer and replace the paddle with the dough hook.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Form the dough into a ball, put it in a deep oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Press the dough to deflate it.


 


To bake, place a pizza stone in the lower third of the oven.  Heat the oven to 500° for at least 30 minutes.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Divide the dough into two equal pieces.  Form both pieces of dough into smooth, round balls and cover with a damp cloth.  Let the dough relax for at least 10 minutes but no more than 30 minutes.


 


Working with one piece of dough and keeping the other covered, shape the dough and transfer to a pizza peel or round of parchment dusted with semolina or cornmeal.  Top as desired.  Slide the dough onto the pizza stone.  Bake until the crust edges brown and cheese is golden brown in spots, about 8 to 12 minutes.  Repeat with remaining ball of dough or freeze for later use.


 


Source: Annie's Eats, by way of Brown Eyed Baker

4 comments:

  1. Isn't this just awesome crust? So much better than any delivery! Now I'm craving it :)

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