Sunday, January 6, 2013

Perfect (Pizza) Pie Crust

Perfect (Pizza) Pie Crust Recipe
Every kitchen needs a pizza crust recipe on hand. The original recipe was recently given to me by a friend who hosts her own party nights where she serves signature gourmet pizzas with toppings like capers and sun-dried tomatoes. Toppings do sometimes make the pizza but a good crust is seriously the base. Here is an adaptation of hers that our family now uses when we want a no fuss recipe.

500 grams or 2 1/4 C Flour (bit extra for kneading)
1-2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons very good Olive Oil 
2 Tablespoons Yeast
300 mL or 1 1/3 C Water
  • Mix all ingredients together in large bowl with spoon and let sit in a covered bowl for 15 min.
  • Remove mixture from bowl and place on floured surface.
  • Knead for 1-2 min. until soft ball forms. Mixture will be sticky at first so use extra flour to knead, if necessary. Add 1T of water at a time if it becomes to dry.
  • Place dough ball in greased bowl and spin to coat with oil.
  • Cover & allow to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C.
  • Knead dough quickly and roll to fit desired pizza stone
  • Garnish with sauce, cheese & your favorite pizza toppings.
  • Bake 20-25 min. or until edges are brown.
Makes 2 thin & crispy crusts or 1 pan crust.
*Bake on stone for best results

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Want to make a cheesy stuffed crust? 
Impress at your next party night with this little addition to your pizza.  It's easy and only takes about 5 min to complete. You will end up with a cheese filled crust that is crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside. 

Roll dough 1/2 in. longer than pan. Place shredded mozzarella on edges and then roll up to cover and press to seal. Garnish center and bake as directed. (See below!)

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