A storm is brewing here….of the snow variety.
Depending on who you ask it could be 3-6 inches or 24 inches. Whatever happens, school is already closed and I am assuming my whole county will remain shut down to hide from the evil white stuff falling from the sky for the rest of the weekend!
The snow and roads don’t bother me but the thought of several days with the kids trapped inside and starting to get on each others nerves is no fun so I like to keep them busy.
Mine love being in the kitchen so making some homemade pizza seemed like a good plan.
There are so many options for pizza dough and I promise you it is easy and quick so as long as you have yeast and flour on hand you can probably do this at home faster than ordering and waiting for the pizza delivery person on a busy night.
For the dough, I am using my tried and true 20 minute recipe.
I stumbled on this one a few years ago and never looked back!
Here’s what you need:
1 package yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup hot water (85-100 degrees)
1 tsp pure evaporated cane sugar (to feed your yeast)
1 tsp kosher salt
4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups white wheat or whole wheat flour
1 TBSP italian seasoning
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes*
*this will give your crust a little pop so its good enough to stand on its own but as you get used to the recipe you can play with whatever spices you like or compliment your toppings. Cooking for yourself should be a fun experiment so do not be afraid to modify this to your own preferences!
Step 1 is to get the yeast growing.
Turn your water faucet on hot and if you don’t have a thermometer just use your finger to check the temperature. If it feels cold to your touch, it is. If it is so hot it burns a bit it will kill the yeast. Your body temperature is just about perfect to grow happy yeast so it should feel warm to your touch but not hot. Measure out 1 cup of that water and then add in your yeast and mix it gently to dissolve it. Add the sugar here to give it something to eat and grow. If you are totally against using sugar (even in this raw form I suggested) you can use honey but it may not give you quite the rise you want in the dough and leads to a stickier dough making it a bit harder to work with but I will leave that up to you.
Let the yeast sit untouched for about 10 minutes and watch it do its magic. It should look cloudy and form a frothy type layer on top.
IF THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN: start over!
bad yeast will lead to bad dough. It’s only water and yeast at this point, dont be afraid to dump it and try again, once you get the hang of using yeast it will open up a whole new world of possibilities in your kitchen!
OK, now take that active dissolved yeast and add in the oil and seasonings and then slowly add your flour in about 1 cup at a time mixing as you go.
I prefer to use my standing mixer with a dough hook to get it blended but you can certainly do this by hand it just might take a little longer.
Once all the flour is incorporated, place it in a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel or some cling wrap and let rise for about 10 minutes.
Done. Just like the fresh ball you can pick up at the store except so much better!
Now roll it out and you are ready to go!
You have some choices here for your pizza. You can break this dough into smaller pieces and ecah make your own or roll it out into a larger pizza for the whole family. I prefer to place a pizza stone in the oven as it preheats to 350 and then I sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on the stone and layout the dough and precook it about 8 minutes while I get our toppings ready.
You can top this with anything you like. This one has fresh chopped basil, roma tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella, but again- Pizza is as personal as a fingerprint
so have fun and be creative.
I pop this back in the oven for 12-17 minutes depending on your toppings of choice.
If you are using fresh mozzarella be aware that it has more moisture in it than the bagged shredded stuff so you need less and it won’t always brown up the way you are used to but I promise its AMAZING in your mouth!!! So next time you think about picking up the phone and calling for a pizza consider having a little family fun and making it for yourself!