Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mom Friendly Pizza

Pizza dough with a 15 minute rise time!
Adapted from this recipe:

1 pkg dry yeast~ I recommend Red Star Quick rise
1 cup warm drinking water~ yeast will not proof as well in tap water
1-2 tsp salt (depending on taste)
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tablespoon oil (I prefer olive)
Cornmeal or flour to prevent dough from sticking to pan

Preheat oven to 375
Place flour and salt in large mixing bowl
Add yeast to warm water and stir until dissolved
Add yeast, water, and oil to flour
Mix until fully incorporated
Cover bowl with kitchen towel and place atop preheating stove for 15 minutes
Sprinkle cornmeal or flour on pizza pan or cookie sheet
Lightly coat your hands with oil and place dough directly on pan (do not knead)
Gently pat and stretch dough to your desired shape and add your favorite toppings!
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes

We like to use canned Hunt's or Delmonte traditional spaghetti sauce in place of pizza sauce. It's VERY inexpensive and one can will give me enough sauce for 6-7 pizzas. We have also decided that we much prefer plain shredded mozzarella to any of the fancy "pizza" cheese mixes.

If you'd like more flavor you can add garlic powder or dried herbs to the dough.

Now you can make pizza in the same amount of time it takes a delivery man to get to your door!Yay!

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