The Weekend Treat: Pizza Dough

Since making the switch to a more organic lifestyle, we rarely eat out anymore. Maybe once or twice a month and even then, we are picky about where we go. You know what? It’s been a difficult change. I’m not talking about missing fast food hamburgers, because we barely ate that shit anyway. The convenient Jimmy Johns subs, the tasty local gyro plate or the ever-awaited Friday night pizza – THAT’S what I’m referring to. Once considered a “treat”, those foods now seem like the “enemy.” Not knowing what goes into my food or where it comes from, doesn’t seem like so much of a “treat” anymore. I know what you are thinking, “everything in moderation.” Really? So, the occasional arsenic and murder would be just fine? Now, I’m not sayin’ we’ll never, ever, ever eat these food again. I’m just sayin’ they shouldn’t be a habit.

Growing up and living within 2 hours of Chicago, pizza has always been a staple. Deep dish, thin crust, hand tossed or stuffed – you can pretty much find it anywhere at any time. In my opinion, there is good pizza and bad pizza; it all depends on the ingredients. Cardboard crust topped with rabbit poop size “sausage” balls and a “blend” of cheese doesn’t actually qualify as pizza in my book. Do you agree? What exactly IS that stuff? Over the past year, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to start making our own pies. We know every ingredient that is used and to tell you the truth, it is tastier than any pizza you are ever going to buy.

I can’t go on talking about pizza without sharing this little story first. Last night, our son had a friend stay over. As I was rolling out the dough, the friend mentioned that he had never had home made pizza before. I stopped and said, “REALLY? Never?” He also didn’t know what fresh mozzarella cheese was and thought it was “interesting.” He’s 12. After telling him how much he’ll love this pizza, his response was, and I quote, “It’s just so much easier and quicker to go buy a frozen one.” Yes…it definitely is. Though, easier and quicker doesn’t mean tastier and healthier. Of course I didn’t get on my soapbox with some big foodie lecture, but his response personally confirmed to me that the mindset [about eating habits] of our youth needs to be changed. My husband and I both always encourage an open mind when it comes to eating and support kids to try new things. My hope is you’ll do the same.

A few weeks back, I posted a picture of a pizza we made. Everyone “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” over how yummy it looked. Last night, we made the pizza pictured above. I got the same response, but this time requests for the dough were mentioned. So, here it is. This is the simple dough recipe I use. Someone asked if the dough takes long to prepare. No, not at all. Just start the dough before you begin the rest of the process and it’ll be done by the time you are ready to assemble. It also keeps well in the fridge if you’d like to make it a day or so before hand. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Recipe: Pizza Dough – Just Sayin’

Ingredients

  • 4 c. Flour
  • 1 t. Salt
  • 1 1/2 c. Lukewarm water
  • 1 cap-full Olive oil
  • 2 t. Dry yeast

Instructions

  1. Mix oil and water. Sprinkle yeast in water and let sit.
  2. Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
  3. Make a “well” in the center of the flour mixture and add water mixture.
  4. Mix with a fork and then with hands. Knead with minimal amount of flour until smooth. (It will still look a bit “lumpy” but will smooth out as it sits.)
  5. Spray a bowl with non-stick spray, place ball of dough in bowl, cover with a tea towel and let sit in a warm area until you are ready.
  6. It won’t rise “that” much – but punch it down or knead a few times before rolling out.

Quick Notes

*I use: organic flour and sea salt *You can make one thick crust pizza (with a little dough leftover) or two thin crust pizzas with this recipe. It does rise as it bakes so try to get it as thin as possible.

Variations

Dough balls can also be rolled out thin and thrown on the grill for flat bread pizzas. Also, it can be fried, then rolled in cinnamon and sugar like an elephant ear. So many uses!

3 Responses to The Weekend Treat: Pizza Dough
  1. Ruthie Ann
    March 12, 2013 | 7:49 AM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe for pizza crust. We too are making lifestyle changes and yes it is very hard bur worth it.

    • Toni
      March 13, 2013 | 6:49 AM

      Making lifestyle changes IS difficult at first…but you get used to it and then wonder how you lived any other way. :) Good for you!!

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