Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pizza Dough II

Pizza Dough II
Prep Time: 20 MinutesReady In: 2 Hours
Submitted By: Stephen CarrollCook Time: 30 MinutesServings: 16

"A little whole-wheat flour makes this pizza crust chewy and flavorful. The three-crust yield means you can freeze some for later use."
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/2 cups warm water (110
degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
5 1/2 cups bread flour
1.In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let sit until creamy; about 10 minutes.
2.Stir the olive oil, whole wheat flour, salt and 4 cups of the bread flour into the yeast mixture. Mix in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume; about 1 hour.
3.Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and form into rounds. Cover the rounds and let them rest for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
4.Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into the desired shape, cover it with your favorite toppings and bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for about 20 minutes or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.
*I used leftover spaghetti sauce, a half pound of Italian sausage sauteed with a half onion chopped and a minced clove of garlic, black olives, mozzarella and a sprinkle of parmesan for toppings. I used all bread flour since I didn't have any whole wheat flour in the pantry. Putting that on my list right now!

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