Monday, December 6, 2010

Quick and Easy Dinner

So now that I'm working a regular nine to five, quick and easy dinners are crucial.  One of our favorites is pizza.

That baby is home made, all the way. The dough is super easy to make (or pick up on the way home).

  • 1 Teaspoon dry activated yeast
  • 2/3 C warm water
  • 2 C flour
  • honey, sugar OR agave nectar
  • salt
  • olive oil
  1. Combine the yeast, warm water and a short squeeze (1 tsp~ish) of your sugar source. Let sit for five minutes, the yeast should wake up, start to smell yeasty and make some bubbles.
  2. Add 1.5C of the flour, plus some salt and four second drizzle of olive oil with the dough hook of your mixer.
  3. Gradually add the rest of the flour once the dough has formed a ball stop adding flour, beat at 6 or 8 for 5 minutes until the dough ball looks elastic.
  4. Turn dough out into an oiled bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise for ninty minutes.
  5. Knock down and shape. (I usually make two regular size pizza from this amount of dough you would separate at this step, or if you are freezing or sticking the dough in the fridge for a few days do it after this step before the second rise.)
  6. Let rise for 1 hour on a floured surface.
Top with your favorite toppings or the weeks leftovers and bake for roughly 20 minutes at 425 degrees on a pizza pan or an over turned cookie sheet. 

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