Perfect Pizza Crust
I am very picky with my pizza and was very intrigued when I saw this recipe posted in Brown Eyed Baker. It had everything I looked for in a pizza crust, a crispy exterior paired with a soft center. To top things off the recipe looked simple and I could make it in my beloved kitchen aid stand mixer. The crust turned out PERFECT. I will definitely be making this again and again. I also tried a new pizza sauce courtesy of Angie’s Simple Cooking. It was a definite winner. I usually top my pizza with homemade marinara, but I wanted something a little smoother. This sauce is perfect. In fact, the entire pizza was perfect. I can’t wait to make it again!
Perfect Pizza Crust
½ cup warm water (about 110°)
1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp.) instant yeast
1 ¼ cups water, at room temperature
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups (22 oz.) bread flour, plus more for dusting
1 ½ tsp. salt
olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing the bowl
To make the dough, measure the warm water into a 2 cup measuring cup and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes. Add the room temperature water and oil, stir to combine.
In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment briefly combine the flour and salt. Slowly add in the liquid until dough forms into a ball. Remove paddle attachment and replace with dough hook. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise until dough has doubled in size (about 2 hours). Press the dough to deflate it.
Before baking, preheat the pizza stone for 30 minutes in a 500 degree oven. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, divide dough in two pieces. Form both pieces of dough into round balls and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rest for 10-30 minutes.
Working with one piece of dough at a time, shape into a round ball and place in the middle of a round of parchment paper dusted with cornmeal. Top with desired ingredients, and slide onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until cheese is golden brown in spots.
Basic Pizza Sauce
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
few dashes, black pepper
Combine all ingredients and spread evenly onto pizza dough.
Adapted from: Angie’s Simple Cooking