I have blogged about homemade pizza a lot over the life of this blog, but it was always second-best to the pizza shop a few blocks away. This revelation might hurt my thrifty cred, I know, but it's the truth.
But I have a new truth!
In the past, I saw two routes for homemade pizza dough: a yeast dough that is like bread, or an artisan dough that requires pizza peels and baking stones. I adore homemade bread, but I don't like that flavor and texture under pizza sauce and cheese. And I'm not willing to store big single-use items (the peel and stones) for the occasional pizza.
My new truth, my third route, is this crust from Smitten Kitchen that I've been making for at least 2 months. I like that it's not fussy and I can slap it together in minutes with pantry staples. When it's time to make pizza, I just have to stretch the dough out into the pans; this stretching does take some getting used to, but it is totally worth it to me when I consider the alternatives. And the flavor and texture of this crust is amazing!
Lazy Pizza Dough, slightly tweaked from Smitten Kitchen
Mix in large lidded bowl:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 tsp. yeast for a 22 hour rise-time (use 1/4 tsp. for 12 hours and 1/2 tsp. for 6 hours)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups water
Mix until craggy dough forms. May add another Tbsp. water. Cover tightly and allow to sit at room temperature for the time you chose with the amount of yeast you chose. Grease two 11x14 rimmed baking sheets (or equivalent) and sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough in half. Flour it lightly so it doesn't cling so much to your fingers. Pat/stretch/dangle dough to fill each pan. I find it helps to "play piano" with my fingertips to push it out. Put on toppings. Bake in lower racks of oven at 500F for 13-16 minutes.
Note: May refrigerate dough once it has risen. It can hold this way for 3 days, but set it out at room temperature for 2-3 hours before using. I have also successfully frozen the dough.
|Breakfast one morning: spinach and brie and pizza crust. Amazing.|