Pizza Thursday

At our house we have been making pizza on Thursdays for…a few years now! Wow. That qualifies as a tradition, right?  I originally got a dough recipe online, but I have adjusted it so many times that I can’t remember the original and I now claim it as my own. I hope that is okay. I have given it out to every member of my family at one time or another and they all think it’s mine!

As with all things, the more you do something, the easier it becomes, and that is certainly true of pizza dough. At first it seemed a wee bit time consuming so we would occasionally order delivery, but the last time we did that we were irritated by the hour and a half wait, plus the expense(!), and limited topping choices. For pennies and a small investment of time, you can make your own dough and top it with anything you like.

Google for “highest margin on food”–pizza is right up there with soda and pasta. –“A medium pizza from any one of The Big Three chains costs about $2.60 to make. That comes to 25 cents for the dough, $2 for the cheese, and 35 cents for the sauce. Even if you go all the way up to a large with everything, you’re looking at a cost of about $4 to $4.50. Compare these to the retail pricing, and you’re basically getting robbed!”

About an hour before you want to eat combine:
3 cup flour (whatever you have)
1 TBS yeast
1 tsp salt
1 + a smidge TBS olive oil
1 – a smidge TBS honey
1 ½ cups lukewarm water (105º-115º)
–in a mixer or a large bowl, mix until you have a slightly sticky mass, then kneed for 2 minutes more. In my kitchen aid the whole thing takes 6 minutes!
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–Transfer dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with a towel and place in a slightly warmed oven that is turned off.
Let the dough rest. This can be for 5 minutes or for up to an hour. The longer the better.
–Remove dough from oven and pre-heat oven to 500º
–Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll out to the desired size. I usually have to stretch mine a bit to make it fit nicely.
–Top with sauce, toppings, cheese, whatever your heart desires.
–Bake for 10 min in a 500º oven.
–Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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This is half of the dough that the above recipe makes.

It is so EASY!

Variations/additions/ideas:

  • on a warm spring day, grill the dough for a few minutes on each side, top and then return to the grill to let the cheese melt. Make sure the grill it HOT!
  • make deep dish by using a 9×13 pan
  • double the recipe and freeze half for next week (freeze in a large zip lock bag). The morning you want to make it, place the bag with the frozen dough in the oven to thaw. When you are ready to make dinner in the evening it will be all thawed and poofy. roll out and add toppings.
  • divide dough for individual pizzas for a child’s birthday
  • add rosemary
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