Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Favorite Pizza Crust

{This time I made margherita pizza}

When it comes to dough, I am all about having my bread machine do most of the work whenever possible, which is one of the reasons I love this pizza crust recipe. The other reasons are: 1) it's delicious and 2) I can get two pizzas (one regular round and one slightly smaller) out of it.


1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups bread flour

1 cup white whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves


Combine water, olive oil, sugar, salt in pan of bread machine Add flour, then sprinkle garlic on flour. Lastly add yeast.
Turn machine on dough cycle. As the dough mixes, sprinkle on oregano and basil until it suits you for color and taste.

Let mix for at least 20-30 minutes, then let the dough rest from 5 to 30 minutes (longer is better. To be honest I often just let it run the whole dough cycle which is 1 and 1/2 hours total).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Divide dough and press into two pizza pans.
Add sauce, cheese, and toppings, and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

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