Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pizza Crust

My husband loves pizza, and would eat it everyday with almost anything as a topping. It has become my backup meal as I like to have a stash of pre-made pizza crusts waiting for me in the freezer. The recipe below makes 2 pizza crusts, although I have been known to go a little crazy and make up to 6 in a day.

In the summer, I use the grill to make all the crusts and to cook the pizzas, but in the winter, I love to crank up the oven (and use the residual heat as a space heater when it's chilly!)

Here is the pizza dough coming out of the bread machine:

I should actually call my bread machine a "dough machine" instead because I haven't baked a loaf of bread in that machine for about 3 years. But, it cranks out great dough for my pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls and hamburger buns.

Here is my rolled out dough. I don't get too concerned about the crusts being circular, just as big as I can get them!

So here are my two pizza crusts after coming out of the oven. I bake them until they show just a little bit of browning, then I flip the crusts and pop them back in the oven.

I allow the crusts to cool, then carefully place the crusts into a 2.5 gallon ziploc bags. I usually put 2 crusts in each bag.

Pizza Dough
revised from The Betty Crocker Cookbook
1 package regular or quick-acting active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105 - 115 F)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in sugar, oil, salt and 1 cup of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place about 30 minutes or until almost double.
Punch dough down. Roll on a lightly floured surface. Bake at 450 F.
Bread Machine directions:
Put ingredients into your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Set for the Dough setting. Once completed, separate into 2 balls, the roll out each to desired size. Bake at 450 until slightly browned.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

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