homemade pizza crust

In challenge on January 30, 2011 at 10:31 pm

it’s about time i made homemade pizza crust on this blog, since we know how much i love pizza crust.

this recipe takes only a few ingredients and is very simple and almost impossible to screw up. you just need to start about an hour before you’re ready to build and bake your pizza. (of course, you’re not working that whole time. get it started, pour a glass of wine, watch an episode of glee and before you know it you’ll be ready.)

this recipe makes one medium sized pizza, so feel free to double it.

mix half an envelope of instant yeast with just over half a cup of warm water. add a small pinch of sugar, mix and let sit about 5 minutes.

(this activates the yeast. they eat the sugar. it should start smelling bready.)

in a separate bowl, mix a cup of flour, a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt and the yeast water.

add a little more flour (about a third of a cup) so that the dough isn’t too wet to start kneading. dump on a floured counter top…

and knead for a couple minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic-y.

add more flour along the way if you have to.

plop the dough ball into an oiled bowl and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.

see? doubled in size. that’s what you want.

gently push down the dough, then stretch or roll it out into a crust.

top as you want, and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or so, until golden on the bottom.

he chose spicy tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, shallots, broccoli rabe and sardines.

the crust certainly takes a little extra time, but no doubt it’s worth the effort.

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