Pizza!

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a pizza. We got an email asking for our crust recipe, and I also wanted to try out the new oven so I made one last week.

I use different recipes- I should try them all out and really figure out which one I like the best. Anyhow, this time I used one from the Greens Cookbook.

As always, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. Here’s what I did:

  • 3TBS hot water
  • 3TBS milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1TBS olive oil
  • 1/4tsp sea salt
  • 1TBS whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached white flour

Combine the milk and water in the bowl of a mixer. Add the yeast and the sugar. Stir to disolve. Add the olive oil, salt, and flours and mix. Sometimes it’s too dry and you might need to add a little more milk or water. I added some more milk this time, which I think made the crust softer than usual. Mix the dough till it gets smooth and round. Then take it out, oil the bowl, and put it back in. Cover the bowl with a towel, put it in a warmish place, and let it rise to double in size. This took about 2 hours for me. The recipe says it will take half an hour, so your mileage may vary.

Ingredients for pizza dough

Ingredients for pizza dough

Kneading the dough in the mixer

Kneading the dough in the mixer

The dough getting ready to rise

The dough getting ready to rise

While the dough was rising, I made a tomato sauce. I still had tomatoes from the garden but they weren’t super tasty for eating raw, so cooking them brought out the flavor. I made a really simple sauce by heating up some olive oil, adding 6 chopped tomatoes some fresh thyme and a couple of minced garlic cloves and cooking it way down, almost to tomato paste consistency.

Cooking the tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil

Cooking the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, and olive oil

The tomatoes all cooked down and ready to go on the pizza

The tomatoes all cooked down and ready to go on the pizza

Heat the oven to 500 degrees.

Roll out the dough- you can toss it all restaurant-like, but I usually just pull it and sometimes roll it with a rolling pin, just depending on my mood. I don’t have a pizza stone, so I just use a metal pizza pan to cook it on.

The dough has risen!

The dough has risen!

Rolled out dough

Rolled out dough

You can brush a little olive oil and maybe some garlic onto the crust before you put the topping on. It keeps it from getting too soggy.

Olive oil and garlic brused on the crust

Olive oil and garlic brushed on the crust

Tomato sauce and mozzarella are the only toppings I used this time

Tomato sauce and mozzarella are the only toppings I used this time

Cook the pizza for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

Yum!

Yum!

How do you make pizza at home? What are your favorite toppings?