Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza dough is fun, easy to make and can yield a pie that's less expensive than fresh store-bought pizzas. Our family loves to prepare the dough and assemble the pizzas together.

Pizza Dough (Bread Machine Recipe)
Makes 2-3 large pizza crusts

1 2/3 cups water (110° F )
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dry milk
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons active yeast
1 teaspoon powdered garlic (optional)
1 teaspoon oregano, dried (optional)
Pizza sauce (we use Sweet Spaghetti Sauce)
Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Add water, oil and lemon juice to bread machine. Layer flour, salt, dried milk and yeast. Add any seasonings you desire.

2. Set bread machine to dough setting.

3. When dough setting is complete, remove dough as soon as cycle is done.

4. Divide dough into at least 2 balls. Sprinkle surface you are rolling the dough out on with flour.

5. Shape dough by rolling out to at least 1/4 inch thickness.

6. Sprinkle pan or pizza stone for baking with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Place dough onto pan.
7. Apply toppings to pizza.

8. Bake at 425° F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 5 minutes prior to slicing.

    Suggested Toppings:

    Pepperoni, sliced
    Ground Italian Sausage, cooked
    Ground Beef, cooked
    Black Olives, sliced
    Onion, diced
    Spinach, fresh and chopped
    Peppers, diced
    Mushrooms, diced
    Chicken, cooked and diced
    Green Pepper, diced
    Ham, diced
    Pineapple, diced