Last night I made pizza for Paula and I. We enjoyed the pizza with some good wine as we watched a charming movie called Mr. Church. Earlier this year, I wrote about a new pizza dough recipe that I had discovered. Over the past few months, I have tinkered with the recipe and how we cook the pizza. The result is an even better pizza.
Here is the dough recipe in case you want to try it at your house…
In a small bowl, stir 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) of dry yeast, 3/4 cup of warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Let stand for a few minutes until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.
In the large mixing bowl of your Kitchen aid mixer, mix 1 cup of extra fine (“00”) flour, 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt until they are mixed. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture to form a sticky dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Oil a large bowl, put the dough in the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for at least 1 hour. (We actually let it rise for about 2 hours since we went to church…).
This recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas so Paula and I cut the dough in half. We wrap the extra dough in saran wrap and store it in the refrigerator. It will last at least a week. When you want to make the second pizza, just take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for an hour or so.
When you are ready to make the pizza, heat the oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is heating, place some flour on the counter and roll out the dough until it is the size that you want. We prefer it to be thin. Place the dough on a pizza pan or, better yet, a pizza stone. Cook the dough with no toppings for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the toppings (sauce, cheese, etc.) that you desire. Put the pizza back in the oven and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it sit on the counter for 2-3 minutes. Cut it up and enjoy!