Posted by: myroadtoemmaus | April 13, 2010

Fool Proof Pizza Dough!

For years, Russell has raved about the Hutchison Family Pizza Night.  I have always loved the idea of having a weekly homemade pizza night and after enjoying many of Mrs. Hutchison’s pizzas, I realized I needed to find a go-to recipe that would last me for years.  After trying a few, I was surprised at how they were either too complicated or just not that great.  But then I stumbled upon this one and I’ve never looked back!  The best part about it is that the dough doesn’t need to rise for very long… so you can even prepare it after you get home from work and enjoy it that night!

Without further ado…

Pizza Dough (taken from Joy of Cooking)

Yields:  2 pizzas

Cooking Time:  2 hours

1.  Dissolve 1 package yeast into 1 and 1/3 cup warm water.

2.  Add 3 1/2 cup flour, 2 T Olive Oil, 1 T kosher salt, 1 T sugar

3.  Mix together for almost a minute.  Then knead for 10 minutes.

4.  Transfer dough to a bowl coated in Olive Oil.  Cover with dish towel.  Let rise in warm place for 1 – 1.5 hours.

5.  Preheat oven to 475.  Grease (oil or cooking spray) two pans and sprinkle cornmeal on each.

6.  Punch dough down.  Divide in 1/2.  Roll into two balls.  Let rest, covered, for another 10-15 minutes.  Then, roll it out!  We use a rolling pin for this and roll it for a while until it is large enough to fit into the pan without shrinking towards the middle. 

7.  Brush a little Olive Oil over each crust… then start adding toppings!!

8.  For a traditional pizza, add pizza sauce (homemade or store bought), then lots of mozzarella cheese, and any toppings that you choose.

9.  For a personal favorite, skip the pizza sauce.  Top with different kinds of white cheeses (mozz, feta, parmesan) and add your favorite white-pizza toppings!  I love thinly sliced fresh tomatoes with little spoonfulls of pesto on top of them.  I also like artichokes and avocado and basically anything I can find in the fridge!

10.  Cooking times will vary depending on how you like your crust.  Personally, we like a soft crust, so we cook ours for about 12 minutes, checking once at 10 minutes.  For a crispier crust, cook them a bit longer! 

11.  Enjoy each and every bite!!

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