I love pizza.
I realize this statement is fairly oblivious. Pretty much everyone from age three and above has learned to love this hot, bubbly, cheesy, entrée, but I really LOVE this pie. Hot, cold, sweet, savoury; I am always open for pushing the limits of what can be considered kosher toppings.
For the past couple of days I have had a hinckering for slice of pizza but refused to call up my local delivery outlet just out of sheer cheapness. Unfortunately I often find that homemade pizza doesn’t have the same appeal as delivery.
That being said I’m no stranger to making homemade pizza. My two roommates and I often bond over homemade pizza when no one feels like making a real dinner.
To see if I could do anything about my homemade pizza appeal problem, I decided to switch up my pizza dough recipe and use a recipe from my fellow blogger Hilary from Hilary Makes. I had the opportunity a while back to sample her pizza and tasted pretty good, so I logged on to her blog and used her recipe.
I have to say, my rolling pin was my best friend for this recipe. It was a great tool to help get the crust to the right thickness and to help knead the dough so it would rise properly. Another trick with rising dough is if you find your house too drafty or cold, turn your oven on to 400 degrees for about 30 seconds and quickly turn off your oven. Put the dough-filled bowl in the oven and let it rise in there.
I ended up topping my pizza with zucchini, fresh cheese from the farmer’s market, red onion, tomato, and pepperoni. Let’s just say it was one of the best pizza’s I’ve had in a while. Both hot and cold this pizza catered to all my cravings.
This post also gives me the perfect chance to challenge Hilary to her next blog challenge. This month’s challenge is similar to what I did with her pizza recipe. I want Hilary to make one of the recipes featured on my blog and make it her own. Hilary has complete free range on what recipe she chooses but she has to make some kind of change to put her stamp on it. Deadline for this challenge: August 26th
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Combine water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and let rise for 10 minutes
- Mix flour and salt together
- Slowly add yeast mixture to flour until dough forms
- Knead for 10 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth
- Place dough in oiled bowl and cover with dishtowel until it has doubled in size (30 minutes)
- Roll out dough and place on baking sheet.
- Top with favourite ingredients and bake for 12-15 minutes in oven.