Football, football, football! What a weekend for games, huh? Being a Ravens fan, I was not happy with the results, but what can I say. You win some, you lose some, and as much as I wish that I did, I have no control over the outcomes. When I'm watching the games from home, the format is usually an alliteration of "N"s - NFL, nachos and nap. But this weekend, I went with something new - Pizza!
While a frozen pizza or a pizza shell seemed like the easiest option, I have a silent internal struggle when I read the ingredients, many of which I cannot pronounce. Strolling through the baking aisle, my gaze stopped on a packet for pizza yeast. On the back of the 3-packet link were the ingredients needed to make pizza dough: flour, one packet of yeast, sugar, salt, oil and warm water. It was a no brainer, I was making a homemade pizza!
I attached the dough hook to my mixer and started adding the ingredients. By mistake, I forgot to add the 3 tablespoons of oil, but the dough turned out delicious enough without it. To prevent sticking, I did put a little vegetable oil on the baking sheet. I garnished the top of the pizza with sauce, green peppers, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. After taking it out of the oven, I grated some fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
To my surprise, and delight, the pizza dough was tasty and it took no more time than if I unwrapped a frozen pizza and put it into the oven. When it was all said and done, dough to table, the pizza took about 30 minutes and it was easy. The next time I make the pizza, which will be often, I'm planning to try the recipe with Whole Wheat flour instead. Making it at home is a great way to control fat, salt, sugar and ensure your ingredients are the freshest possible.
Recipe for the pizza dough
(also available on the back of the yeast):
- 1 3/4 - 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 envelope Fleischmann's Pizza yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup very warm tap water (120-130 degrees)
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Pizza sauce and toppings of your choice!
I used a cookie sheet, and made a squarish pizza, as I didn't have a round pizza stone or pizza baking sheet, which worked just fine.