Monday, August 22, 2011

Home Made Pizza!!

Ok, everyone has probably heard this before, but making your own pizza dough is one of the easiest things to do.  You can find a basic dough recipe on almost any website but it pretty much just involves:

Adding 1 tsp sugar to 1 cup warm water - add 1 pkg yeast and allow to sit until foamy.
Add a splash of olive oil and some salt
stir in about 2 1/4 cups flour

roll the dough around on a floured surface until it becomes "more dough like" - stretchy and elastic.  Then allow it to sit and rise in a covered bowl for about 45 minutes.  After that time, push it down a bit so most of the air comes out and let it rise for another 30ish minutes.  After that just stretch it out onto a baking tray or pizza stone and you have yourself a dough!!

Just keep in mind that if you use a baking tray you will need to cook the pizza for around 20 minutes at about 200 C in order for it to get crispy enough - stretch it out really thin because it will continue to rise more in the oven!

One of my favourite topping combos:

Mix some store-bought pizza sauce with some red pesto and spread as the base of your crust
Add about 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Add red onion, mushrooms, bell peppers and baby spinach
Top with goat's cheese or buffalo mozzarella and bake
Once finished, add some chopped fresh basil

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