Friday, February 4, 2011

Recipe: Quick & EZ Pizza Crust

Be warned: After making this you may never want to buy pizza from a pizzeria again.

Quick & EZ Pizza Crust

Yields 1 twelve inch pizza

.25 oz. pkt. active dry yeast
1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
3/4 cup 110 degree water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

-Dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Let it sit for 8 minutes.
-In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.
-Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture and mix well with a spoon or clean dry hands.
-Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.
-Roll dough into a shape that will fit your baking pan or baking stone.
-Place dough on a lightly greased pan and stretch dough to edges.
-Top with desired toppings.
-Bake in a 500 degree oven for 8-12 minutes, or until edges are golden.

Note: Using white flour produces a pizzeria style crust. Using all or partial whole wheat flour makes a more cracker like crust. I suspect it has to do with gluten content.


-Use your favorite homemade or store bought spaghetti sauce.
-Try using pesto sauce in place of red sauce.
-Make a s'more pizza by using chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and crumbled graham crackers for toppings.
-Make an apple pie pizza by topping with thinly sliced apples, raisins, brown sugar and butter. If you're feeling adventurous you can top it with crumbled or shredded cheddar cheese.

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