Pizza. It is one of our favorites at our house along with the 93 percent of Americans who have eaten pizza in the last month. I just googled fun facts about pizza and there are some pretty interesting facts out there. One fact said that the highest-grossing single-unit independent pizzeria in the nation is Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria and it is found in Anchorage, Alaska. Its annual sales are approximately $6 million. If you have ever been to try their pizza out, will you leave me a comment and let me know if Moose’s Tooth pizza is as good as they say?
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Over the years I have tried several pizza dough recipes, this one I got from my sister Meg and tweaked it just a bit to make it my own. I love that it uses so few ingredients, and it is super easy to make by hand as I don’t have a mixer yet (still on the wish list from the Husband), AND it only takes 30 minutes to rise which is perfect when I am picking up kids from school or helping with homework.
Start out measuring 1/2 cup of warm water. Add the 3 tsp of yeast, then 3 tsp of sugar over that. I give it a good shake and cover it with a plate to keep the heat in and get the yeast going. Let it sit about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, measure the 4 cups of flour and the 1 tsp of salt and mix in the bowl and set aside.
Once you see that the yeast has been activated and is frothy, you will add 1 cup of warm water to the 1/2 cup of water/yeast/sugar mixture.
Pour the water mixture with the water and mix. I usually start mixing with a wooden spoon and then end up kneading it with my hands. Knead for about 2 minutes until you have a nice dough.
I leave a little sprinkle of flour under the dough as it rises so it does not stick to the bowl too much. Cover with a dish towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes have passed you will remove the towel and see something like this. Punch the dough to let the air out. Fold it over itself a few times to make a smooth ball ready for rolling out.
Sprinkle a clean surface that has plenty of space with flour so you can roll out your dough. I love my wooden rolling pin. It works perfectly and I have had it for over 10 years and it is still seems like new. You can get one similar to my WOODEN ROLLING PIN from Amazon by clicking on the link 🙂
I roll it out in a long rectangle as I use a JELLY ROLL PAN for this recipe and it turns out wonderfully.
I will lay the pan next to the rolled out dough to be sure that I have rolled it out to a good size. Spray your pan with Pam or something similar. I like my dough to go over the side of the pan slightly, not completely touching the bottom surface, but almost so I can fold it over for a delicious and thick crust. 🙂
Using both of your hands, you will fold it over toward the inside of the pan and tuck or pinch it underneath itself all around the edges.
If you want to take it to the next level you can mix 1/8 cup of olive oil with 1 TBS of minced garlic and spread it over all of the dough before any toppings are added. Add your favorite toppings with sauce first, then any meats and veggies, and last the cheese. Bake it at 400* for 11-12 minutes and you have a delicious pizza the whole family will love!
Remember that any good pizza recipe begins with a good pizza crust. I love having a thick and chewy crust, so if you are with me on that, I know you will love this one!
What is your favorite pizza crust preference?
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