Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Perfect Pizza Dough

It has been a long time since I have posted my daily meals. In case you are wondering, I am still surviving on oatmeal for breakfast and leftovers for lunch.
This oatmeal I made with my brand new rice cooker/steamer, a Valentine's gift from the boss lady.  She really is the best!
Lunch yesterday was the last slice of pizza and a large salad.  Also featured is the last piece of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats I made last week.  
Despite the plate full of veggies, something terrible happened yesterday.  Apparently I spoke too soon and I didn't knock on wood...I'm officially sick.  Blegh!  Therefore you won't be seeing any dinner photos from yesterday, because there was no dinner.  I actually made this really yummy looking salad to take to a bible study pot luck event last night.  We made it half way there and decided to turn around and head home.  Mr. Kummerow and I both were feeling under the weather last night.  

As soon as we got home I made my place on the couch and fell asleep.  It was 6pm!  I slept until 6:30 this morning.  It wasn't a cozy sleep but at least the stomach ache is now gone.  But my entire body feels terribly achy and ill.  Good food can help prevent illness by keeping your immune system in check, however, when you are rubbing elbows with 3 kids every day after they leave their germ infested schools...well it is only a matter of time.  All 3 of them were sick or are getting sick this week, so it was inevitable.  Time to crank out the vitamin C and fluids.  Unfortunately even water is unappealing to me today and I am finding myself forcing it down.  

Despite being sick, I still want to share with you one more recipe today.  I emailed the great Angela at Oh She Glows for permission to re-post her Pizza Dough recipe.  It is so perfect I wanted each of you to have it.  You must go and make this dough recipe now.  It is so good, flaky and light.  It is also really easy to make.  If I can do it, you can do it!  There is even directions to make ahead in case you are short on time in the evenings!

Perfect Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

1 cup white bread flour + 3⁄4 cup flour, divided 
3⁄4 tsp kosher salt 
1.5 tsp white sugar 
2 tsp Italian spices
2 & 1⁄4 tsp instant yeast 
3 tbsp oil 
2/3 cup very warm water (not lukewarm) 
More flour for surface when kneading

Directions: 

In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, salt, sugar, Italian spices, yeast. Stir well. Now quickly add in 2/3 cup of very warm water along with your 3 tbsp of oil. (We used the Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook) Stir well. 

It will be very wet and sticky at this point. Now add in 3⁄4 cup more of flour, gradually, as you stir. Once all the flour is in, grab the dough and place on floured surface. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, adding flour if it gets tacky. After 5 minutes the dough should be smooth and not sticky. 

Form into a ball and place in a large, oiled bowl. Cover the ball with a bit of oil so it doesn’t dry out. Now cover the bowl and let it rise for 1.5 hours. You can punch out the air once half way through. 

You can also make the dough the day before and place in an oiled and sealed plastic bag in the fridge. Allow dough to come to room temperature on the counter before working with it. 

When your dough has risen to about 2 times it's size it is time to form your pizza.  Let gravity work with you as you turn the dough and gently stretch to create a circle shape.
Lay on a pizza baking sheet or stone.  If you use a stone, preheat in the oven at 500* for about an hour (Angela's directions).  We used a greased round baking sheet and the crust still turned out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Top your pizza with your favorite toppings.

Cooking time will vary but my pizza took 15 mins at 500F.

BBQ Tempeh Pizza
1/2 cup bbq sauce + extra according to your tastes
1 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup tempeh, crumbled
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup Daiya Mozzarella cheese

Layer all toppings before baking.

Sicilian Pizza
1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce
1/2 sliced tomato
1 cup tempeh, crumbled and pre-cooked over medium heat with garlic and olive oil
3 small sweet peppers sliced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup Daiya Mozzarella cheese
(we added sun-dried tomatoes but they burned, so I don't recommend)

Layer all toppings before baking.
Each pizza baked for exactly 15 minutes and it was perfect!  Please try this recipe.  Making homemade dough is easier than you think!  And it so delicious!

Now I'm off to the store to stock up on all things vitamin C.  I'm thinking a big smoothie is sounding perfect for breakfast!  Have a good day!

1 comment:

  1. Hope you feel better Tanya! That pizza looks awesome. I actually have yeast and always forget to use it! I think I'll try it!!

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