Thursday, August 11, 2011

Perfect Pizza or Calzone Dough

Found and Adapted from Your Home Based Mom

1 cup warm water
1 T yeast
1 T sugar

Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly.

about 2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 T wheat gluten (optional, I have forgotten to use it and it turns out just as good)
1 T olive oil
1 t salt

Mix together in kitchen aid and add liquid yeast mixture. Add extra flour, 1 T at a time if needed until dough clears side of bowl and just barely doesn't stick to your fingers when you touch it. This is critical and will be determined with practice.

Knead for 5 minutes.

Fill sink with warm water and put bowl of dough in it. Weigh the bowl down by covering with a cutting board. Let rise for 30 min to 1 hour. Add toppings and *sauce. Brush crust with melted butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. Bake 450 for 10-15 minutes. Makes one large pizza or 4 calzones.

*I make sauce by adding about 1t of Italian seasoning, 2t of oregano, and some garlic salt (about 1/4t) to an 8oz can of tomato sauce. I don't really measure, but that's basically how I make it.