One of my 2015 resolutions includes dealing with yeast again. If you follow my adventures since early 2014, maybe you could remember that I have couple encounters with the yeast beast. All of them were not perfectly successful that I had to say goodbye to the yeast for a while.
I was invited by my colleague to a pizza lunch. I saw her make her pizza using a pizza maker. She told me the recipe except for the yeast. I kept asking her about the ‘smelly thing’ and she said she didn’t use the it. It didn’t come to me that she only meant active dry yeast, so even how many times I asked her, she said ‘No’ multiple times. Her kids were playing and called my name when she was showing me how she made her dough, so my eyes left the dough-making class for a short period. The next thing I know, she already prepared the bowl and the dough to rise. I was really amazed on how the dough has risen despite of the not usage of the ‘smelly thing’.
HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH Recipe
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup warm water
- 1/3 cup yogurt
- 2 tbsp olive oil (or any flavorless oil)
(You’ll also need additional flour for your work surface and oil for your bowl.)
- Put all ingredients for the dough in a large bowl.
- Using a wooden spoon or your clean hands, mix the dough until you get all the flour from the bowl.
- Knead the dough until it becomes soft and does not sticks to your hands (about 10 minutes or more).. You can do the window pane test to know if the dough is ready You can also use your stand mixer to do the kneading for you. (You can do the kneading in a lightly floured surface or in a large plastic bowl. For me, since this is a pizza and doesn’t need that much of ‘bubbles’, I decided to knead using a large plastic bowl with ONLY my right hand working on the dough and it worked perfectly.)
- Shape the dough into a ball and put in an oiled bowl, cover using a plastic wrap or lint free towel. Keep it in a warm place and let it rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch the dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few seconds.
- Divide the dough into 3 equal parts if you prefer a thin-crust pizza or 2 parts if you prefer something sort of a deep-pan pizza.
- Flatten the dough to 12 inches (or whatever you prefer) to fit your baking sheet.
- Preheat your oven at 400 F. While doing so, you can let your pizza dough rise before putting your favorite toppings.
- Bake at 15 minutes or until the mozzarella melts beautifully.
- Serve and enjoy immediately.
For mess-free eating, I chopped my veggies (green bell peppers, tomatoes, white onions and black olives). I made half Hawaiian and half veggies just the way I love it. For the sauce, I used tomato ketchup. Yep! That’s right – the easiest and a good sub to store-bought pizza sauce or homemade. 😉
I wanted to kiss the pizza as soon as it came out from the oven – it was so soft and so delicious. I better try making it thinner next time and try different toppings. Shawarma, maybe? Now, give me a really good Shawarma pizza topping recipe. Anyone? 😀
So, what do you think of my first pizza? 😀 I hope you like this and happy partying!!
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