Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friday Night= Pizza and Movie Night with the Punkies

Every Friday night, no matter where we are we have pizza and movie night! It has been our tradition since Buddha came home 5 years ago and it is something the Punkies love!  

So I thought I would share my pizza crust recipe with you all so you can easily whip up your own tonight...or tomorrow....or whenever you are hankering for pizza!

What you need:

  • 1 cup warm water temperature should be about 120 degrees
  • 1 packet of yeast (1/4 oz)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2½ cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for covering the dough
  • Extra flour for kneading dough
  • ¼ cup cornmeal

What you do:

(I use my stand mixer but if you don't have one I think you could use a hand mixer or just a wooden spoon and your hands)

  1. Get warm water * temperature of the water is important- it should be 120 degrees. Put in your mixer along with yeast, honey, and oil. Stir and let the mixture sit until it starts to foam. This usually takes around 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour to mixer and mix on low for 30 seconds and move to a medium speed until dough is smooth. Add the salt, basil, and oregano to the dough and mix until incorporated. OK so I have been using gluten free flour and sometimes I have to add a little more if the dough seems to wet. AND depending on what moment it is it depends on if the Punkies let me put the fresh herbs in or not.
  3. Place 1 TBLS of olive oil in bowl large enough to hold the dough expanded to twice its size. Roll the dough around in the olive oil until covered. Place plastic wrap over the dough then a clean tea towel over that. Sit it  in a warm spot for about an hour and a half.
  4. Move the dough to the refrigerator for 30 minutes *this makes it easier to work with* Flour an area for kneading the dough. Add cornmeal to the baking sheet and spread out the dough. Add pizza sauce and toppings. Bake on 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Checking to make sure the crust doesn't burn!.

It comes out crispy and chewy at the same time!

xo Nicci Wendy

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