Pizza Dough - from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (GREAT book!!)
Makes 2 large pizzas, or 1 pizza and bread sticks
Preheat oven to 425
3 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use all white flour, or just a bit of whole wheat, but the dough is tough if you use all whole wheat.)
tiny bit of cornmeal
In a large bowl, add yeast, warm water, oil and salt. Mix the flours together and knead them into the liquid mixture - by hand or with a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let the dough rise for 30-40 minutes.
Divide dough in two, and generously flour a rolling surface. Roll out one pizza crust at a time. Try to get it pretty thin. Transfer the crust to a pizza stone or a rimmed baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal (I've used dry polenta in a pinch and baking spray in a super-pinch. Cornmeal is what works best for me.)
Decorate your pizza with whatever sounds good to you, and bake for 15-20 minutes. I like to turn on the low broiler flame for the last 2 minutes of baking to really crisp up the edges.
Toppings... go nuts! For this pizza we used:
1/4 cup jarred marinara sauce
6 oz of fresh mozzarella
1/4 pound cooked spicy Italian sausage
2 chopped roma tomatoes
2 tablespoons slivered red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese
Other good toppings:
Pesto, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella
Marinara, zucchini, cooked eggplant, mozzarella, Parmesan
BBQ Sauce, cooked chicken, cilantro, red onion, Monterrey jack cheese
Marinara, tomatoes, feta cheese, green olives, red onion, salami
Marinara, artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, feta cheese, Parmesan
With the second half of the dough, you can, of course, make a second pizza, or you can roll it out, slice it into thin strips and make bread sticks.
I rolled out the dough, drizzled olive oil all over it, sprinkled it with garlic salt and the last tiny bit of Parmesan cheese, twisted them up and baked them on a cornmeal dusted baking sheet while the pizza cooked. I hope you enjoy some delicious, homemade pizza that takes just a bit longer than delivery.
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