Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pizza crust

To me, there is nothing better than homemade pizza. It beats any delivery pizza out there. But, the trick is to get a good crust by having a pizza stone (or unfinished tiles), a hot, hot oven and letting the dough rest long enough.

1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c warm water
1 and 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp yellow cornmeal

Dissolve yeast & sugar in 1/2 c warm water in large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Gradually stir in flour and salt into yeast mixture to form soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 5 minutes. Add more flour, if necessary.
Place in bowl, coat with oil. Cover & let rise at least 1 hour or until doubled in size. (press dough; if indent stays, dough is risen enough)
Punch dough down, cover & let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle pizza stone with cornmeal. Roll into circle onto lightly floured surface (or I prefer to roll it right on the pizza stone).
Preheat to 450 degrees. Place on lowest oven rack, bake 10 minutes or until golden. Remove, top with sauce, toppings & cheese. Increase to 500 degrees. Bake 5-7 minutes on lowest rack, until cheese is lightly browned.
Rest 5 minutes before serving. Mmmmmmm.

1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing . . . I've never made my own pizza dough, but I might be starting now! Thanks.