Monday, June 27, 2011

Pizza! Pizza!

I recently was inspired by some lovely friends to try my hand at making my own pizza. And it turned out beautifully if I do say so myself...

I used pizza dough purchased from the bakery at Publix. The sauce is a mixture of the pesto and tomato sauces I had left in the fridge. My toppings (eggplant, onion, squash and tomato) all came from friends' gardens. The fresh mozzarella also came from Publix.

The directions on the dough were simple enough, simple remove from the fridge and let rest for 30 minutes. Roll out to desired thickness (I sprinkled a little flour on the counter to avoid sticking) and bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your oven times and temperatures for baking may vary. It may take some experimenting to find what works for you.

I've got some veggies at home that really ought to be used and I'm already contemplating my next pizza. I might even try my hand at making my own dough. For anyone interested in doing so, I've included a great recipe below for what I hear is a great pizza crust.

Kim's Homemade Pizza Dough

1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

1 packet of yeast

1 c almost boiling water

4 tsp honey

1 c whole wheat flour

Stir together all-purpose flour, salt and yeast. Add water and stir. Add honey and stir. Add whole wheat flour and stir until most of it has been incorporated. Dust counter with flour and turn out dough onto floured surface. Knead until flour is incorporated. If dough is too moist, add a little flour until you reach the desired consistency. Place dough ball in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap until it has doubled in size. About 1/2 hour. Dust the counter lightly with flour and turn out dough. Roll out to desired thickness. Top with sauce, spices, cheese and toppings of your choosing. Bake for 13 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. (Again, time and temperature may vary based on your oven and elevation.)

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