Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm-Starving Pizza Dough

I used get my pizza dough from Trader Joes or Publix, but not tonight. Frances and her friend decided to open a restaurant, which I downgraded to a bake sale, so they spent the afternoon in the kitchen making purple sugar cookies (which now look grey) decorated with all colored sprinkles. (I pretty much left them to themselves.) So, it's now dinner time and we have nothing in the house except . . . mozzarella cheese and spaghetti sauce. So, pizza it is! How can I do that in a jiffy? No-rise pizza dough. We'll let you know how it turns out. I'm too hungry to take pictures.

1 1/4 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp rapid rise yeast
a pinch of salt
1 cup hot water from the tap
1/8 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup additional bread flour

Put flour, yeast, salt, and hot water in a large bowl and mix using an electric hand mixer for 3 or 4 minutes. Add 1 1/4 additional bread flour and mix by had until mostly incorporated. Turn onto the counter and knead until all the flour is incorporated (adding a bit more if needed).

Let it rest under a damp dish towel while the oven preheats the pizza stone to 500°.

Roll your dough, dress your dough, and stuff it in the oven!

(The verdict: it was a little bit chewy and not salty enough for me, but the toppings made up for it - Paul Newman's marinara & freshly shredded whole milk mozzarella. In a pinch, it'll do!)

UPDATE: Here's the kind of post I was looking for. I'm trying this next.

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