Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Homemade Pizza Dough

We love pizza at our house! Shocking, I know... I found this recipe for a pizza crust and wanted to try it out. It turned out delicious! Crispy and I can roll it out as thin as I want - I am not a fan of thick pizza crust, so when I can do it on my own, I was very excited! The best part is - you can put whatever toppings that you want on it!!

Pizza Dough

1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup and 2 tablespoons warm water (be careful not too get the water too hot)
1 tablespoon sugar

Set aside and let grow. For those of you that are like me and are wondering "what does let grow mean?" I called my grandma (always a plethera of knowledge) and asked her what that meant... Turns out if you let it sit, the mixture will get all foamy on top and that is what let grow means! You learn something new every day! :) Here is a picture of it...

2 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour (I am always trying to sneak in some whole wheat, which Josh is not a fan of, so I go for 1 1/2 cups all purpose and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat. I think that it gives it a crispiness!)

Combine these ingredients.

During this time, your yeast mixture should have had time to "grow" and you can add these two bowls together. Once they are mixed, let it rise for 20 minutes. Roll out the dough and add you favorite toppings... Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes.

The first time that I made this recipe, it turned out awesome! We loved it... The next time, not so good. I think that I used water that was too hot and it made the dough very sticky... I added flour until it was the right consistency to roll out and it still tasted pretty good. Good luck and have fun!

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