Tuesday, September 22

Best Pizza Dough Ever

I had been thinking of making pizza with the girls from scratch. I was not sure which recipe to use when Michelle from Scribbit linked to an old post of hers with her recipe using a bread machine. The first time I made it did not flatten the dough enough so it was more like focaccia bread which is yummy but not pizza.
The girls love picking out the toppings. We have made the pizza many, many times and the best combination they will eat is mushrooms, pepperoni (on Princess A's side since Princess G does not like them lately) and spinach. These are pictures from our second or third try, they are much prettier now. Last week Princess A took some to school for lunch and she normally will not eat cold pizza.
The original recipe is perfect, but we found that for the four of us it was just to much pizza dough. I cut the recipe in half which make one pizza perfectly on my large cookie sheet:
Pizza (the orginal amounts cut in half)
3/4 c warm water
2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 t salt
1 T olive oil
3/4 T yeast (which is also 2 1/4 t)
1-2 T cornmeal
spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and topping of your choice.
For the dough, combine the first five ingredients in a bread machine and set it to "dough" cycle (mine has a pizza dough cycle so I use that). Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. After the dough is ready, flatten out on a lightly greased cookie sheet sprinkled lightly with the cornmeal. Spread 1/4 c or less of the spaghetti sauce on pizza, topping with shredded mozzarella and then toppings. Bake for 18 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
Thank you Michelle! This is now a family favorite!!

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