Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to Make a Great Pizza Crust

Do you love a hot, fresh homemade pizza, but haven't been able to make a good pizza crust?  Now you can.  Follow these simple instructions and you'll be baking up delicious pizza in no time.

Pepperoni Pizza
Start with: 

1 3/4 cups of good quality bread flour.
1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast.
6 ounces hot water - 100-105 degrees.
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil.

In large bowl, mix all ingredients until all liquid is absorbed and no dry flour remains in the bowl.

Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.  This makes the dough easier to work with.

Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is pliable and not sticky, usually 3 to 5 minutes.  

Form into a ball and place in an oiled bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about two hours or until doubled in size.

Turn the risen dough onto a floured surface and stretch or roll to the desired sized.  Top with your favorite toppings and bake in a preheated 500-degree oven for about 8-10 minutes.  For a crispier crust, use a pizza stone as shown in the photograph.

Makes one 13 to 15-inch pizza.

11 comments:

  1. Linda,

    I will pass this recipe on to my partner. He's a chef/teacher and does most of the cooking. Surprisingly, pizza dough always seems to defeat him. He really struggles with it and gets annoyed that he can't make it work out.

    Perhaps this recipe will do the trick. Thanks for sharing it:~)

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  2. Sara- I hope this does work for him, though far be it from me to advise a chef in the culinary arts.

    ladyguinevere28- Who doesn't love pizza?

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  3. Yummy!

    We usually buy the pre-made dough. Now you've inspired me to give this a shot, Linda!

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  4. I'm usually put off by having to let dough rise, but I think I might actually try this one. Hey, do those pizza stones really work well?

    I want one, but I want spectacular results from it.

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  5. Talon- Great, let me know how it turns out.

    cardiogirl- You can cut the rise time a bit if you're in a hurry, but it should be at least half again as it was when you put it in the bowl. I do that sometimes when I don't get it made early enough and we're starving.

    I set mine on the stovetop and turn the light on the microwave over the stove on. This provides the nice warm place for it to rise. And yes, the pizza stones do work wonderfully. Preheat your oven on it's highest setting for at least 30 minutes. My stone is 15" and I keep it on the lowest rack in the oven. I've used it for bread, too.

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  6. I'm too lazy for this making my own dough thing.

    :)

    ;)

    xoxo

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  7. This sounds really good and not that tricky! Thanks!

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  8. I might give this a try with my daughter!

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  9. jim (Linda's DH)2/25/2011 09:01:00 AM

    Linda's pizza is awesome, and with the pizza stone, the crust is nice and crisp!

    The pizza is too hot to cut when it first comes out of the oven, so I grab the corners of the parchment paper, slide it over to a cutting board then cut it a couple of minutes later when the cheese firms up. Then it's back to the stone, to keep it hot.

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  10. Jannie- Ah, I don't think you're lazy. This is easy!!!

    Linda- You're welcome. Hubby loves it (see comment below).

    Mama Zen- Hope she likes it - come back and let me know.

    Jim- Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. I'm glad you think my pizza is "awesome". The stone does make such a difference, and we get to take our time eating, and still have hot pizza.

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