24 July 2015

Ridiculously Easy Pizza Crust

I'm more of a buy-a-frozen-pizza-and-pile-it-high-with-toppings-(mostly-veggies) type of person.  Dough from scratch?  That sounds like SO MUCH WORK.  Mostly waiting (aka planning ahead).  Mixing, kneading, waiting for it to rise.  People there's got to be a better way.
Don't worry, I've got your back.  There's a much easier way.  It involves no waiting, kneading, or general dinner mayhem.  It starts with yeast, sugar, and warm water.  Let it sit for a few minutes.  Chop some veggies.
Mix that with some flour.  Add in some salt and olive oil.  Let it sit for five minutes.  Yeah, that's it - just five minutes.  Don't even pretend like you're done chopping veggies yet, get back to it!
I sprinkled some cornmeal on our pizza stone to give it that authentic pizza crust thing that pizza places do.  I didn't know where the pizza peel was.  It happens when you move a lot.  This recipe is good for one giant thick-crusted pizza, or two thin-crust pizzas.  Dealer's choice.
Top with all the toppings.  Back in college we used to make epic pizza that was pretty much a mountain of toppings.  I've scaled this one back a bit, but you can take this anywhere from a margherita to a supreme - this crust is robust enough to handle it.
Cheese has a very basic function here: hold all the toppings together. You can do it, cheese.  I believe in you.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.  So this is roughly half an hour from start to finish.
Easy Pizza Crust (recipe from here)
Makes 1 large or 2 medium pizzas
  • 1 package of dry yeast (0.25 oz)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 c. warm water
  • 2.5 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • Cornmeal
1.  Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2.  Mix the yeast, sugar and water.  Let stand for 5 minutes.
3.  In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture and flour.  Add the salt and olive oil.  Stir until combined.  Let stand for 5 minutes.
4.  Form the dough into the pizza shape of your choice on a peel dusted with cornmeal.  Transfer to a fancy baking stone (I'm sure a normal pizza pan would be a fine substitute).  Top with your toppings of choice, then bake for 15-20 minutes.
Never eat frozen pizza again (just kidding, sometimes I need an effortless dinner and that's okay).

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