11.30.2008

homemade pizza

***2 YEARS LATER UPDATE:*** We actually no longer use the below recipe or method...so much for 'perfected'!   Lately we like this...the dough recipe is very similar to the old one below: 


(Makes 4 10-ounce dough balls)
 
- 5 Cups unbleached bread flour (bread flour! this is important to note)
- 1 Tablespoon honey or sugar
- 2 Teaspoons salt
- 1 Teaspoon instant yeast
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 3/4 Cups plus 1 Tablespoon room-temp water

Mix the ingredients by hand until the flour is incorporated, let the dough rest for a few minutes, then knead the dough 2 or 3 more minutes. Divide the dough into 4 equal-sized balls, & put them in large zip-lock bags with some olive oil. Let sit at room-temperature for 15 minutes, then refrigerate overnight. The next day, let the dough come to room temperature-- about one or two hours beforehand take out the dough, punch down, and let rest on a baking sheet covered with a towel.

Preheat pizza stone to 500 degrees, then dust with corn meal. Stretch & roll out the dough until very thin, about 12 inches across. Add a little bit of sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings you want. Bake on stone for 10-12 minutes. (Add fresh basil for a delicious finishing touch)


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i'm gonna share me and aaron's perfected and quality-tested pizza dough recipe. The result may look something like this:


[his & hers]

This is what you need:
  • yeast, 1 tbsp (i like quick-rise)
  • warm water, 1 cup (not hot, but slightly warmer than lukewarm)
  • pinch of sugar
  • bread flour (~2 cups)
  • white flour (~1 cup
  • olive oil (extra virgin, 2 tbsp + a little more)
  • honey (about 1 tbsp)
  • salt (1/2 tsp or so)
  • corn meal
  • toppings
This is the long, tedious process:
  • Put 1 cup of warm H2O in a small bowl, add 1 tbsp yeast & a pinch of sugar, & let this sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix together the flours, oil, honey, and salt- then add the yeast/H2O mixture-- stir, mostly just use your hands. Knead for a couple minutes. Should form a lovely, soft, doughy ball.
  • Rub olive oil over the inside of the bowl, and put the ball of dough back in. Cover with a towel.
  • Turn on the oven to about 100 degrees for a minute. Then, turn the heat off and open the door....stick that bowl of dough inside. (dough likes to rise in warm spaces)
  • Let dough rise for about 30 minutes, then punch it down and let it rise some more (another 15-30 minutes)
  • Take it out and divide it in half (makes two pizzas)
  • Oh i almost forgot! Now's the time to pre-heat the oven: 425*F (or hotter, the hotter the better)
  • Pizza stones are the way to go...put it in the oven as it pre-heats to get it really hot
  • Flour the kitchen counter...
  • and form a pizza shape out of one of the halves...flatten it with your hand from the middle outward- use a rolling pin or a drinking glass to get it verrry thin.
  • spread some olive oil around the crust...


    [looks like this by now]
  • sprinkle corn meal on the pre-heated pizza stone (be careful, it's bloody hot by now)
  • Add sauce (preferable homemade but i have yet to do so), and fresh mozzarella
  • now add the rest of the toppings- fresh herbs, veggies, what have you & bake for about 5-10  minutes...you should probably baby-sit that thing to have it cooked to your preference
  • Take it out & make the crust irresistible- butter it up, add garlic powder, parmesan...
  • oh my! heaven in a kitchen!

Aaron's: sauce, fresh mozzarella, onion, green pepper, roma tomato, pepperoni


Mine: sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, parsley

buon appetito!

4 comments:

  1. ooohhhh...I need to guys to come cook for me. Those look delicious!

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  2. There are some very important keys here:

    1) HEAT. Oven must be hot. 425 is critical
    2) FRESH mozzarella. Not the yellow yuck at the store. Costco is the best place to find it. You may see some liquid on the pizza, but just take it out of the oven and pour it into the sink - it is just water from the fresh cheese.
    3) STONE. If you don't have a pizza stone - don't even try this. Even heat is key.
    4) CHEAP. This may seem to be initially the same price as ordering regular pizza becuase you have to by a whole thing of corn meal, olive oil, flour etc. But once you have all the basics (which last forever) we estimated that each pizza costs $3-6 dollars. With $6 being a supreme pizza.
    5) Healthy. Better ingredients, less grease = better pizza.
    Aaron and Jenn's pizzeria.
    6) Fun. It is.

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  3. Jen & Aaron! This looks so delicious and the photos are so good - I'm seeing sponsors and advertiser here, if you wanted to document all your cooking and always mention one particular brand of something (olive oil). How about some photos and directions for the salmon?

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