Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ashley - Homemade double crust pizza

Hi everyone, sorry its taken so long to come back, my friend had her baby today at 4:56 this afternoon so I have been a tad busy :) So this is actually my husband's recipe that he made himself and this pizza is heavenly! He's been asked to even cater parties before with his pizza lol This makes enough for one double crust pizza and one normal pizza. So if you want to make your own delicious pizza this is what you will need :

5 1/3 cups of bread flour (can substitute in up to a cup of whole wheat flour if you want wheat dough)

1/3 cup sugar

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

3 tbsp. olive oil

3 tbsp.yeast

2 cups warm water

First you want to take your yeast and mix it into the water. Next mix all your dry ingredients. Then you will add your liquids in with the dry ingredients and mix everything is moistened. After mixing you will take the dough out and put it on a well floured surface and this is what ours looked like.

Now your going kneading, my husband says if you have a kitchen aid for the job do it for five minutes, if your doing it by hand you will want to do it for ten minutes.

Look at him go :)

This is what the dough looks like after kneading. So after kneading your going to cut your dough into 3 seperate pieces. Now this is where you have a choice, you can either hot rise the dough or you can cold rise. If you want to hot rise your dough set your oven to the lowest temperature you can and let it rise to about double it's original size. To cold rise you stick it in the fridge for at least 6 hours but it will be good up to 2 days :) We decided to cold rise so before you rise any dough you will want to put it into a ball. After you have balled up your dough get out your plastic wrap and line one of your cookie sheets with it and leave enough extra to be able to cover the top of the dough too. Then spray the plastic with Pam or grease it with oil.

For the third ball I did the sae I just put it on a plate. After you've done all that you loosely wrap the balls and set them in the fridge.

Ok now it's time to preheat the oven to 410 degrees and get out your pizza pans :) you will want to either grease your pan or flour it. Now take your dough and start spreading it out to the size of your pan, you can rolling pin it a little to start out then just start tugging along the edges of the dough until it's the size you need. Once it's about an inch away from the edge of the pan use your hand and press any thick parts out. Ben has been working on his dough toss so that's how he does it lol.

After you have ti to the size you need and on the pan you will take a fork and poke some holes in the dough so you don't get any bubbles. Then you will start with your toppings. After you get your sauce down don't forget to add the oregano ( my husband is NOTORIOUS for this lol and it doesn't taste like a pizza without oregano ). Once you have all your toppings it's time for the second piece of dough to go on top. You will go around the edges of the pizza and pinch the two edges together. Now to braid you will take a little section of dough fold it to the top, hold it with your finger and then fold another piece up and repeat the process, it's hard to show in pictures but this is how it will look.

When your finished you can put another layer of sauce and cheese but here is it all done before baking.

You will now stick your masterpiece in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes depending on your oven and when your timer goes off, BOOM, you have an amazing smelling and tasting pizza :)


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