Friday, July 31, 2009

Quick and Easy pizza crust

Quick and easy PIZZA CRUST

Somehow I haven't actually made dinner all week and its Friday. I am usually the mom who makes din 5-6 times a week. I love cooking and serving yummy nutritious food to my family. I feel like nutrition is a gift all parents should give to their kids. I have had lots o stuff going on, sooooooooooooo I wanted to make something fun and delicious for the fam. This recipe is thanks to Gourmet Magazine. I doubled it to ensure for lots of pizza.

2 to 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4-ounce package fast acting yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl whisk together 3/4 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and 2/3 cup hot water (130 degrees F). Stir in the oil, 1 1/4 cups of the remaining flour, and the salt and blend the mixture until it forms a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface, incorporating as much of the remaining 1/4 cup flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.

Alternatively, the dough may be made in a food processor. In a food processor combine 3/4 cup of the flour, yeast, and sugar. With the motor running, add 2/3 cup hot water (130 degrees F), and turn the motor off. Add the oil, 1 1/4 cups of the remaining flour, and the salt and process the mixture until it forms a ball, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if it is too dry, or more flour, 1 tablespoon at time, if it is too wet. Knead the dough by processing it for 15 seconds.

The dough, prepared by either method, may be used immediately, but for better flavor it is best to let it rise once. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until it is double in bulk, and punch it down. This dough may be used instead of the basic pizza dough.

Let it rise once for about 30 min (this is the quick version, I let mine rise for about 2 hours to let the flavors blend better)

I made bbq chicken pizza. Our favorite. Of course at this point you could simply add bottled marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, pineapple and canadian bacon (which would be SUPER impressive.)

{I assembled all the ingredients while crust was rising}
grilled chicken (great time to use left over chicken)
fresh tomatoes
black beans (drained from a can)
fresh spinach
fav bbq sauce
fav cheese (i used sharp cheddar, because it was on hand. just use your fav)

We made individual pizzas and let everyone make their own. Kids LOVED it! My oldest said "Mom WOW homeade pizza. You are awesome!"

Baked 10-15 min at 425. Or grill it same temp same time!

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