3 Tbl oil (I use olive oil)
3 cups flour
I always proof my yeast, as you never know if it's working properly. It's no fun to make an entire recipe and find out after the fact that your yeast is no good.
So, Thursday night, I made the dough in my KitchenAid. I love this mixer. The fireman and I bought it as a Christmas present for ourselves last year.
I add the yeast and warm water and sugar first. I don't proof in a separate bowl, why bother? The water has to be warm enough to activate the yeast, but not too hot or it will kill some of it. A nice warm, but not scalding water is great. The sugar feeds the yeast.
Let it sit until you see bubbles form and rise to the surface.
Then you can add your salt, oil and flour. Add the flour slowly, mixing between portions. You can use canola, vegetable, olive oil or you could use butter. You're using 3 Tbl of a fat. If you want it butterier, use part, or all butter. I used olive oil.
It's a recipe, but you can still feel free to play with the ingredients.
I also played with the flour. I added 1/3 wheat, to see what the difference was. So, I used 1 cup wheat, to 2 cups white (unbleached).
Saran wrap and place in fridge overnight.
The next day, your dough will have raised, mine was to the top of the bowl.
Sometimes it's easier to roll out the dough, sometimes it's more uniform to stretch it. I just mess around with it until I get it the right shape. Don't worry if you have thin spots. It happens. And hey, it's rustic.
I scatter corn meal on the bottom of my cookie sheets. It holds the dough a bit off the bottom of the sheet and allows the bottom to get a good crust and adds a little nice texture when you're eating.
Let the dough sit for about 30 min in a warm kitchen. The browning hamburger adds warmth to your kitchen and I shift the cookie sheets while I'm cooking so they all get some warmth.
I did notice that the wheat flour kept the dough from raising quite as much. Part of my family likes a thinner crust sometimes, so it was no big deal, but you could add some gluten if you're not gluten-free.
I like a mix of tomato paste and tomato sauce. I especially love Hunt's Roasted Garlic tomato paste. It's sooo yummy and rich. I mix two cans of paste to one can of sauce. It's fairly thick. After the dough is raised a bit, just spread on with the back of a spoon.
You can add your Italian seasoning to this. I don't use much, since I really love the roasted garlic flavor. The fireman likes more and sprinkles some over his sauce right on the pizza.
My dough with the wheat added didn't raise much, but you could see a little puffiness added.
I also sliced deli-meat ham thinly and browned it up in the skillet. It adds some texture and flavor to the ham.
One pizza was all meat (hamburger, ham, bacon bits(the lean prepackaged bits) one was supreme (hamburger, less ham, bell peppers, mushrooms and black olives).
The pizza to the left is my supreme one. My fav! The pizza to the right is the fireman's. He's added anchovies! Yikes! And is adding banana peppers here. Other than that, he also had some hamburger and ham on it.
The first two out of the oven! I just clean the counter well and slide them right onto it.
If you let the pizza sit for 5 minutes (if you can wait) before you cut it the bottom stays crisper. Otherwise, the warm, wet tomato paste, cheese and any meat juices tend to make it softer.
You can tell I mixed a little Colby Jack into the pizza on the left, wheras the other pizzas were only mozzerella. Use whatever you like.
Third pizza out, and first two cut. The girl waiting impatiently. The fireman's anchovy pizza needed a few more minutes.
This was seriously good. I had the bowl of leftover tomato paste on the table and would put a dollop on my plate to dip some pieces of pizza in it. I love it! We also shake parmesan cheese over our slices.
I totally recommend you making pizza this weekend!
Mix up the dough late at night and dream of pizza all the next day. Come home from work and get into it! Get your kids involved. Let them pick toppings, have portions of the pizza that's all their own. Get busy cooking and tasting with your hubby. Put on some Elvis.
Get flour on the counters, and pizza crumbs and cheese on the floor! You can sweep later! Or better yet, get a dog...
Mix up some dough!