Remember Goldilocks and the three bears? The porridge?
The first one too hot, the next too cold and the last jusssst right?
Well, I do. And the same principle can be applied to my pizza crust. The first time I made my own, it was way too soft. The second and third it was way too hard and too big. Now, on attempt number four, EUREKA! I've got it!
What ya need:
1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 (.25 oz) package dry yeast
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2.5 cups flour
1/2 cup extra finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp oregano
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp salt
What ya do:
In a large bowl, combine the yeast, water, honey and ONE tablespoon of the olive oil. Stir until combined...the mixture will look foamy in about 5 minutes; then it's ready
Add 1.5 cups of flour, oregano, salt and Parmesan into the mixture and mix (by hand!) until all is incorprated and the mixture is smooth. From there, add flour in 1/4 cup increments (you may not need it all) working it in until dough is smooth but a little bit sticky.
After completely combined, turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and still slightly sticky (about 3-5 mins)
Pil a large mixing bowl with remaining oil. Place dough in oil, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm place about 1 hour. Remove and knead again, and let rise again for additional half hour.
Spread to desired thickness on cooking sheet (pizza stone/cookie sheet) and pre-bake 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, have all your toppings ready and your cheese grated. This time I did sauteed onion and peppers with tomatoes and leftover chicken sausage... GREAT combo.
Add toppings and bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
Last step, buy some good wine and invite someone hilarious over and have a fantastic dinner. You're gonna like this one, I promise! See, Tarik did!