Thursday, March 23, 2006

Pizza

Homemade Pizza Crust

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups - Warm Water (110° -115° F)
2 Tbsp. - Sugar
1 - 1/4 oz. Packet or 2 1/4 tsp. - Active Dry Yeast, (Fresh, not out-dated)
1 1/2 Tsp. - Salt
2 Tbsp. - Olive Oil
4 Cups - White, All Purpose Flour (I used 5 cups because of extreme stickiness)

Instructions:
I deviated from the given recipe by preparing the dough in my Kitchenaide mixer using the dough hook.

Pour the warm water in mixing bowl. Add the sugar and package of yeast. Stir the mixture slowly until yeast and sugar are dissolved. Let sit to allow the mixture to "mature" for about ten minutes or so. The mixture will begin to react; clouding and forming a foamy "head" on the surface of the mixture.

Add the salt and olive oil and turn mixer to low setting to combine and dissolve the ingredients. Add 1 cup of flour and turn mixer to low setting until dissolved. Add the second cup of flour and mix it in. Add the 3rd cup of flour and combine. By now the dough mixture should be fairly thick. (mine was still very sticky so I added an additional cup of flour. )Add the last cup of flour (5th cup) slowly in 1/4 batches kneading in the mixer until it becomes a smoothly-textured ball slightly larger than a large grapefruit. This will take 5-8 minutes.

Coat the dough ball with a thin layer of olive oil, and place it in the bottom of a large mixing bowl which has also been coated on the inside with olive oil. Stretch a piece of kitchen film over the top of the bowl and set it in a warm place such an as un-lit oven, (ambient temperature of 70°F to 80°F). Allow the dough to rise, undisturbed, for 60 to 75 minutes. The dough will have grown to at least twice its original size.

Take the dough out of the bowl and cut in half with a knife. You now have two pizza dough balls, enough to make two (2) 12" deluxe pizzas. Take each raw dough portion and hand-mold them into balls. Press each doughball flat to squeeze and release any air trapped inside. Form the portions back into balls, smoothing the outer surface and tucking each ball "into itself" from underneath, (like folding a sock into itself), before storing or going on with the next step.

If you wish to store the dough, by either freezing or refrigeration, you can place the dough balls in zip-lock bags. Squirt a little olive oil into each of the bags to keep the balls moist and pliable and to ease removal when ready for use. If you choose to freeze or refrigerate: the dough balls may continue to rise until they are substantially cooled down or frozen, which is OK as long as they don't break out of their bags. If they do, mold them back down into balls and re-bag them.

If you choose to continue with making the pizzas now, here's how. Some dough experts like to "proof" their dough balls at this point. They can be set in a bowl or plastic tray, covered, to "rest" for an additional 15 or 20 minutes if you wish. Some recipes call for up to an additional hour of rising. For practical purposes, pizza dough does not have to be put through a complete second rise cycle.

Southwestern Style Pizza (adapted from)

Topping:

2 anaheim or other mild green chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 jalapeno sliced
1/4 cup each red, green and red bell pepper
1/4 cup slice green onion
2 tomatillos (or substitute green tomatoes), husked, rinsed, sliced
2 small plum tomatoes, sliced and drained on paper towels
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 cup grated jack cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Sauce

1/2 cup store bought pizza sauce
1/4 cup chipotle in adobo sauce (more or less depending on how hot you want your sauce)

Mix together and spread on pizza crust.

Build your pizza. I first layered the sauce, then cheeses then toppings and then another layer of cheese. Bake in 450-500 degree oven fo 18-20 minutes. Another touch would be to grill on your BBQ. Watch the heat as dough can burn before pizza is ready. The dough will also puff a lot.







2 comments:

The Survival Gourmet said...

Dang! That Pizza looks good! I think you should make it whether we enter it or not!!

Sylvie said...

I cooked it in the oven so I'm not sure how it would turn out on the grill. It was tasty with a southwestern twang.