Next to the amazing topping you can put on your pizza, the crust is extremely important, it should have a simple flavor so your toppings will stand out but not a boring tasteless flavor. I find this hard to achieve. I plan to add garlic infused olive oil to my next try just for fun. So I want to highlight the crust recipe. I would love to hear what other find that works.
So here is what I did for this weeks Friday Night Pizza dough.
These are the main ingredients:
2 Cups Warm Water 2 Packages Yeast or about 4 1/2 teaspoons Dollup of honey 2 1/2 t Salt 2 1/2 T Olive Oil 5 – 6 Cups Flour (I add to the 5 cup point and then while mixing I add more until it pulls easily from the sides of the bowl and maybe more while kneading it).
Garlic salt or garlic infused olive oil might be a nice addition.
Combine warm water, yeast and sugar, I let this sit for about 5 minutes until it gets a bit frothy.
Sometimes it even gets frothier than this but this will work.
Then I add the salt and the olive oil and if you want to try the garlic powder you can add it here too.
Than add some of the flour I add about 2 to 2 1/2 cups until combined
Add remaining flour to about 5 cups
My arms were tired today so I put to the mixer to finish adding the flour and to knead the dough, time to knead is about 7 minutes.
I move the dough to a glass bowl greased with olive oil and let rise until at least double in size, I have had this take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.
Here is how it will look after it rises, now at times I have been busy and it rises even bigger. From this I get about 4 pizza.
This whole process takes about 15 minutes to prepare and then the rest of the time it is sitting rising in the bowl. So if you think you don’t have time to make pizza from scratch you will be surprised at how little effort this takes for a truly wonderful taste.
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