Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pretty Darn Perfect Pizza Crust


For years we've been searching for the perfect pizza dough, as well as the perfect pizza cooking method. We've tried many kinds of flour (bread flour, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, semolina flour, etc.). We've tried no-knead dough and dough you knead the heck out of. We've tried baking the crust on pans, on baking stones, partly on pans and then finishing it on a baking stone. And, we have had plenty of good pizzas, but our latest dough recipe and cooking method combination has produced the best pizza yet! The dough is a combination of bread flour for chewiness and whole wheat for flavor and whole grain goodness. It benefits from an extra long rise in the refrigerator, and it is baked in a very hot oven in a cast iron skillet. The resulting crust has a crunchy bottom and a light chewy interior that is incredibly flavorful.

Pizza Dough (Enough for 4-10 inch pizzas)
3 Cups Bread Flour
2 Cups Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon Honey
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Yeast
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Cups Water

1) In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine all of the ingredients. Once everything is well mixed, let the dough rest 5 minutes.

2) After the dough has rested, stir it or mix it with your hands for 3-5 minutes, until it is nice and elastic.

3) Divide the dough into 4 equally sized pieces, shape the pieces into balls, and coat them with a little olive oil. Place each of the oiled dough balls into a quart-sized baggie. Refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours or overnight. *You can also freeze the dough balls, just let them thaw in the fridge overnight before proceeding with the recipe.

Cooking Instructions:
1) One hour before you intend to bake your pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

2) Thirty minutes prior to baking the pizza, place a large cast iron skillet on the lowest shelf of your oven, and heat the oven to 500 degrees. *Put the other shelf on the very top level - you'll use it later.

3) Remove the dough from the bag and use your hands to shape it into a roughly 10 inch round. Let the shaped dough sit on a piece of parchment until you are ready to bake it.

4) After 30 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven, coat the bottom of the skillet with a little olive oil, place the dough in the hot skillet, and put the skillet back on the lowest shelf of the oven. Let it cook for 5 minutes.

5) After 5 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven and cover the crust with your desired toppings. Place the skillet back in the oven, but this time place it on the top shelf. Let the pizza bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, 10-15 minutes.




As usual, I've included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, and Foodie Friday.Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

16 comments:

  1. I am a pizza addict, great recipe! The pizza looks just beautiful :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  2. Looks like a keeper. Will have to try it out soon!

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  3. This looks fantastic...like from a restaurant! I have been looking for an amazing pizza crust recipe! Thank you so much!

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  4. Thanks Ladies! Please let us know how yours turns out if you give it a go!

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  5. We have been messing around trying to find the perfect crust too...looks like you may have mastered it!! This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party - stop by this week and link up!

    If you have a sec, feel free to pop over now to enter my GIVEAWAY! Entries must be in by tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning!!

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  6. That does sound delicious! Cast iron makes everything better :)

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  7. Thanks Little Brick Ranch - we're so glad you stopped by and we'd love to link up on friday! Please let us know if you try out the recipe!

    Diana - We recently invested in a set of 4 cast iron pans and we are using them for everything - absolutely in love :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, this pizza looks amazing and I wish I had it right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week! Have a very special week end!

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  9. Thanks Miz Helen - We wish we cooked make you one right now :)

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  10. I am so glad you guys stopped over and my husband will be even more glad when we get a chance to test this out!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

    Oh, and if you haven’t done so already - don’t forget to pop on over to Little Brick Ranch to enter the Joey Totes Earth Day GIVEAWAY!!!

    **Bloggy Tip of The Day - Make sure you have an email address associated with your profile to make it easier for people to reply to your comments!! :) **

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  11. Sounds great. I am always looking for a good pizza dough recipe! Thanks!
    ~new follower :)
    Come see me too at http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/

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  12. Little Brick Ranch - Thank you! We entered the giveaway, fingers crossed :)

    Lyuba - Thank you for following! We look forward to visiting your blog soon!

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  13. The crust looks divine--love your recipe!

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  14. Pizza looks amazing. . .will have to try it!

    Lori

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  15. Thanks Michael Lee West - I always love visiting your cite. You have the most lovely table settings - one day I hope to be that organized and well equipped :)

    Lori - Thanks! Please let us know how it turns out!

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  16. I wish I had a slice of this happiness right now!! It looks insanely good!

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