A request came pouring into Me In Place regarding pizza dough. So, here’s how we make our pizza dough around here:
There are two ingredients for easy, delicious pizza dough. First, get out that breadmaker that you haven’t used since you opened it at the wedding. Actually, I got my original breadmaker for a Christmas present and used it so much I killed it. So, this is my second and I got it from Craigslist for $25. (Have you ever used Craigslist? Did you like it?)
Second, buy a good brand of flour. In my opinion, you have to use a better made flour when making recipes where flour is a main ingredient and focus, i.e. bread, muffins, pizza dough. My favorite brand is King Arthur Flour. When I bought this on Monday, it was $4.29 at Woodman’s, as compared to $2.30ish for the other generic brands. So, almost $2 more. But, in my opinion, you can totally tell the difference. But what do I know? I also believe in the power of taking Airborne and I believe Karen Carpenter’s music is beautiful.
I’ll give the recipe now. The dough cycle on my machine is 1 hour, three minutes. Then we removed it from the breadmaker and put it in a bowl and let it sit there for a couple more hours. When we were ready, this dough made enough for three little pizzas for the kids and two mediumish pizzas for the adults.Sorry I didn’t get any pictures of that; we were starving by dinnertime and frankly, I burnt the bottoms of the crust this time. Oops.
Bread Machine Pizza Dough
1 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
Place the ingredients in the order listed into the bread pan (in the machine, of course). Select the dough setting and start.(you could also substitute half wheat flour, half regular if you wanted.)
Let it rest for at least 15 minutes (or more). Then form into your pizzas and bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes.
Before placing the dough onto the pans, make sure you put down some cornmeal or something on the pans so it doesn’t stick. Cornmeal is the typical ingredient for this.
Now – my question for you… do you have a different dough that you like better? Send me the recipe! Or, what are your favorite toppings? I’d love to experiment with other kinds of pizzas, but so far we’ve just stuck with the basic cheese or pepperoni.
One more idea: All pizza ingredients freeze really well. So if you get all inspired to get out that bread machine and go to town making multiple batches of dough, here’s what you can do:
– Buy a huge bag of cheese (I get a colby jack shredded mix) and divide it up between little Ziploc bags.
-Buy a big ol’ bag of pepperoni or whatever you’re going to top your pizza with and divide that between little Ziploc bags.
-Divide the sauce into little baggies.
-Take a larger quart or gallon sized Ziploc and put enough dough in there for your pizzas. Place the other three smaller baggies of sauce,cheese and pepperoni and write something clever like, “Pizza Kit!” on the outside and place it in your freezer. The night before you want to make pizza, pull out the bag and let it defrost in the fridge. Your dinner is practically done! But, don’t do as I did once and let it defrost and forget about it because the dough will be so happy, it will grow right out of his Ziploc bag and into your fridge.