9.11.10

Dough! I Made Pizza.

It's been just over two weeks since I've been on my 'make your own food' kick and I'm still goin' strong. I've never done so many dishes in my life, but the food's been turning out nicely. This weekend, Marc had a hankering for pizza, so I whipped out my 500 Recipes for Pizza & Flatbread cookbook (where the calzones came from) to see how hard it was to make regular pizza dough. There were a zillion choices (okay, more like seven). I decided on making 'pan pizza dough' because that's what Pizza Hut uses and their pizza is dee-lish!

Decision made, I started on the actual making of the dough.

This mixer really does make things easier (thanks babe!)
It wasn't too hard, but I didn't have instant yeast so I used traditional and the additional rising made the whole process a little more intense than it had to be.

A little lumpy, but it rose (ever so slowly)
After the punch-down (the fun-nest part of making anything bread-ish), I attempted to stretch out the dough by hand but I sucked at it. The rolling pin made things much easier. 

My crusts weren't consistent. I have a newfound respect for cooks at The Hut. 

Adding the sauce, toppings and cheese, they were off to the oven to bake for a mere 10 minutes! When I took them out, the smells were drool-worthy. I'd thought that we'd have leftovers, considering I made two...but that didn't happen.

You can't even tell the crusts were suckily-constructed!
All-in-all, they were really good but didn't taste anything like The Hut. If I make pan dough again, I'll wait until I can buy some instant yeast so it doesn't need to rise for an hour...followed by an additional 45 minutes. 

For reals. It was an epic rise-fest. 


ps. I've been changing the design of my blog for a while now, but I think this one'll stick for a while. You likey? 

2 comments:

Nikki said...

Those pizzas look fantastic!! There totally wouldn't be any leftovers at my house either. YUM!! And I like your new blog layout! I think its a keeper!

jennie said...

Thanks Nikki! They really were delicious! I'm happy you like the layout -- it's way easier to read! You applesauce cake(s) looked amazing!