Monday, February 11, 2008

I have created a monster....

A few months back, we made pizza with the boys in co-op to demonstrate assembly lines v. individuals completing a project from beginning to end. My friend, Heidi, made the pizza dough. I kid you not, it was the very best pizza crust I've ever had. Ever.

Now, it's on our menu at least twice a month at Jason's request. He's experimenting more and more. He makes very yummy cheese sticks and now he's onto making deep-dish pizza. It may not be pretty, but it is so good!!!! Oh, and he always lets the kiddos make their own.

(It's like having a night off of kitchen-duty and I love it!)
Deep dish dinner....

Here's her recipe. She says the olive oil is what makes it so very good!

Pizza Dough

2 cups very warm water
2 pkgs dry yeast
5 1/4 - 6 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix ingredients and knead for 5 minutes. Place in a bowl greased with olive oil, cover with towel. Place in oven that has been warmed to 200 degrees, then turned off. Let rise 20 minutes. Divide into 3 crusts. Top with pizza ingredients and bake at 450.

I let my kitchen aid do the kneading for me and it works well. I also make sure the dough is coated with olive oil from the bowl before letting it rise. To get a crispy bottom on the crust, brush some olive oil on the pizza pan before putting the dough on and baking.


Anonymous said...

I'm definitly going to try this! It looks wonderful.


De'Etta said...

Oh 16 yo got into making pizza and now we have it weekly....I consider it, as you mentioned anight off...but other unnamed family members would like to have pizza less often. ::snort::

Jamie said...

We love it! We had a pizza party / sleepover last night with a couple of gymnasts to get ready for today's meet. The dough was so easy to work with and it didn't have the yeasty flavor of my other dough recipes. The tip to stretch the dough over the bottom of a bowl was true brilliance. (Of course that meant we had to wash all the cereal bowls last night to have breakfast this morning!)