30 September 2005

Pizza Dough

I used to always go to the pizza dough in a bag from Trader Joe's for $1. But now I do this... it's really pretty easy.

1 pkg yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/4 c. water (120-130 degrees)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. olive oil
3 3/4 c. flour
Herbs (optional): a few dashes each of dried basil, rosemary (crunched up) and oregano

Dissolve the yeast in water in a big bowl. Let it hang out for a few minutes and get bubbly. Add salt and olive oil; stir well. Add flour and herbs; mix to combine. Let rise for a few hours.

Divide dough in half (this recipe makes dough for 2 pizzas, or even 3 if you really stretch it). Put some olive oil on your pizza pan (about the size of a half-dollar) and spread it around using the dough. Spread the dough out on the pizza pan using your fingers. Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

**You can also use this dough to make calzones, foccacia bread or breadsticks.


Anonymous said...

I remember Trader Joe's. There aren't any in Pittsburgh, so I have to go all the way to Cleveland if I want some Oatmeal Stout or Fat Weasel.


Mealtime said...

Ben, Oatmeal Stout is amazing! Never had fat weasel, but your taste is exquisite so I will give it a try. I recommend "Dead Guy" Ale from Rouge River. You can find it at TJs... but not sure where you can pick it up in Pittsburgh. Cheers and Go Chargers!

emiline said...

Cool. Beer comments on a pizza post. Sounds logical to me!

Ben - how is wedded life?

Moira said...

em- how do i put a little profile picture like yours on my blog? i've searched high and low in the blogger/picasa/hello help sections and can't figure it out. :(

E,L&M's Mom said...

Okay, Ems, I dug through all my stuff and found my pizza dough recipe. There is no beer involved, sorry guys, but it is fast, cheap and easy (and pretty tasty, too.) It is tough living out of boxes, but I refuse to complain. :) Mom

Anonymous said...

It's been awesome. In PA, though, we have nazi liquor laws (thanks a lot, union-controlled liquor control board), and you can only buy beer by the case. So I have to go out to satisfy my stout and Belgian draft needs.


emiline said...

Moi: Go to Dashboard, and then click Edit Profile to the right. Photograph is the 3rd heading down. The only thing is it has to be a URL. So you can put a pic that you have already posted to your blog, or you can get a google image.

Mom - let's see that recipe!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Em,

Try this, it pretty much rocks.

1/4 oz. pkt. active dry yeast
1/4 tsp. sugar (um, the reg kind)
3/4 cup water (its gotta be 110 degrees on the dot, seriously)
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt

* Make sure to completely dissolve yeast and sugar in water, its gonna need to rest for 8-10 minutes.

* While it's resting, combine flour and salt in a seperate bowl.

* Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture and mix the heck out of it.

* Knead the dough for a few minutes on a lightly floured countertop.

* Heres the secret, lightly grease a pan and spread some cornmeal on the pan. Then push the dough out from the edges. By the way, the cornmeal is the secret or somethin'

Put on some sauce and toppings, and throw it in a preheated 500 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.


I knew all those years at Little Caesars would pay off someday...

Lydia said...

Thanks for the hint about the photo, em!

Mark, is that really you?

E,L&M's Mom said...

Mark Vinson Murray? the former Little Caesar's employee? Cool!

Ems, I got my picture on my blog, check it out. Maaaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. H and Lyd- Yep, it's me.

emiline said...

OK Little Caesars. We'll try it. 110 on the dot though? Come on. Do you really get out your little thermometer and put it in there?

Sniper Monkey said...

mmm.. pizza

Moira said...

I'm going to have to try that pizza dough recipe sometime too!
Thanks. :)

Lydia said...

That is a brilliant pizza dough recipe! We tried it out last night, and it was scruptious- nice and fluffy. Thanks Mark!