Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Easiest Pizza Crust Recipe Ever!

Pizza is such an inexpensive food to make at home. It's also quick, endlessly variable, and always really good. Last Friday I decided to make two pizzas up that we could have for dinner, and then have for weekend snacking. It worked out great. Today I'm sharing my favorite recipe for Pizza Crust and it's made in the Kitchenaid Mixer.

This is by far my favorite kitchen tool. This mixer can be found at Target, Macy's, and anywhere awesome kitchen stuff is sold. The come in a million colors to suit any taste, and are totally worth every penny!

Pizza Crust (adapted from Kitchenaid)

1 package of dry active yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
3 cups flour

Fill your mixer bowl with very hot water and allow it to warm for about 5 minutes. This will keep the water you will be adding to your yeast to stay warm enough for the yeast to work it's magic. Drain the water out of the bowl and add warm water, and yeast. Give it a little bit of a stir, and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes. It should start to bubble and start to smell yeasty.

Add the salt, olive oil and flour. Place the dough hook attachment onto the mixer. Mix at a low speed until the dough starts to come together, about 2 or 3 minutes. Increase the speed one notch, and continue mixing until the dough forms a ball that cleans the side of the bowl, another 3 or 4 minutes.

If the dough looks too dry add a little bit of water. If it looks too wet, add a little bit of flour. You are looking for a nice ball of dough that cleans the sides of the bowl. Work in small increments so that you don't add too much flour or water.

Grease a bowl with some olive oil and place the dough in the bowl, turning to grease the entire ball of dough. Cover with a clean dish towel and set in a warm place. I like to place it on top of my oven and preheat my oven. Allow the dough to rest for about an hour or until doubled in size.

Grease two pizza pans with a little olive oil. Divide dough in half, and press into pan. Allow the dough to rest for about 15 minutes. It will be puffy when you come back to it. Press it down, and poke with a fork.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 8 minutes to give the crust a head start on cooking.

Top with desired sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking!


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