Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

My kids love to eat cheese pizza. I haven't met many kids who don't like pizza. I think for alot of children...it's one of their favorite foods. Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!!!

How do y'all like your pizza? Thick crust? Chicago style? 1 topping or 16?

We like our dough thin, a little chewy, a little crispy, and alot of tasty. The kids like cheese pizza and my husband and I like an "all meat" pizza? smile.

Today for lunch, I surprised the kids with... Homemade Thin Crust Cheese Pizza.

It is not a difficult recipe.
It calls for a short list of ingredients.
There is no kneading involved.
It only needs to rise for 45-60 minutes.
It makes 4 large pizzas.
**If you're not going to eat all 4 pizza's in one sitting, you can freeze the remaining dough.**
Freezer friendly.
It's economical too!

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

In a small bowl, add your warm water. You want it a little warmer than a babies bath water. Add yeast and pinch of sugar. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. It will foam up.

In a medium size bowl, combine flour, salt and oil. Add the yeast mixture.

Form the dough into a firm ball.

Put saran wrap over the top of the bowl and let it rise for 45-60 minutes. It will double in size.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll out on Silpat or floured covered surface.

Once rolled out, I transfer the dough to my Pampered Chef pizza stone.

Spread your pizza sauce over dough. We use Boboli. (1 packet per large pizza)

Add toppings..load it up with cheese.

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then bake at 400 about 20 minutes. The cheese will brown easily so, keep an eye on it.

Surprise your family...and make them a couple of Homemade Thin Crust Pizza's.

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza
Recipe courtesy of Tasty Kitchen

3 teaspoons yeast
1 pinch sugar
2 cups warm water
6 cups flour/ I use bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil/ I use vegetable oil

Dissolve yeast and a little sugar in the warm water. Your water needs to be a little warmer than a babies bath water. Let stand until foamy.
In a medium size bowl, combine flour, salt, and oil. Add the yeast mixture. Stir until all the flour is incorporated. Work dough into a firm ball. Cover with a moist towel or with a piece of plastic wrap. Let it rise until doubled in size. (this takes about 45-60 minutes) Separate the dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece out onto a floured work surface. (I use my Silpat) Grease a baking sheet and lay the dough into it. (I use my Pampered Chef pizza baking stone, sprayed with canola oil) Add the pizza sauce of your choice. (We use Boboli) Add all your toppings..meat, veggies and cheese. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes then reduce the temperature to 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Keep your eye on it.

**This recipe yields 4 large pizza's. I usually make 2 pizza's and freeze the remaining dough. I divide the dough and separate them in ziploc baggies. When you are ready to use your frozen dough, take it out of the freezer and leave it on the counter. It should take about 1-2 hours to thaw out. Don't put it into the microwave to help the thawing process. (smile) Once it has thawed, start rolling it out.

Thin dishes...Kristi

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