If there’s one thing that you should know about me it’s that I really am not a huge fan of pizza, but not just any pizza, the pizza you buy at the corner, the slices from the many pizza shops spread throughout the city. Now if you’re talking homemade pizza, that’s a whole different story.
If you’re lucky enough to have a bread maker, such as the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker, then you’re job of making dough is 10 times easier. You just add ingredients, set the dough cycle & let it work its magic.
As for everyone else, it’s actually not too bad :). I enjoy getting my hands dirty for a good meal.
For the Dough:
1 cup + 2 Tbsp bread flour (can use AP if you don’t have bread flour)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 package)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sugar or honey
3/4 cup water (120-140 degrees)
For the Pizza:
14 oz can crushed tomatoes
8 oz bag Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Salt & Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Proof yeast in a measuring cup with the water. (Mix together and let sit for 5-10 minutes)
In a food processor, such as the Cuisinart Pro Classic 7-Cup Food Processor, add whole wheat and all purpose flours, proofed yeast, oil, sugar or honey and salt. Pulse processor to combine all ingredients. Then process until the dough forms a ball on the blade. Remove dough to a large oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrapor a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in bulk.
Punch down dough and transfer to a floured board and knead briefly. Let rest, covered with a towel, for about 10-20 minutes to bring back the elasticity.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
On a floured board roll and stretch the dough into a 13-inch circle or rectangle. Place each circle on a wooden pizza peel or pizza pan. For a crispier bottom drizzle top of dough with olive oil and place in the oven for 3-4 minutes.
Remove, top with crushed tomatoes then sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil, onion powder, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes if using. Top off with shredded mozzarella. Place in the oven for an additional 6-8 minutes or until the cheese is starting to brown.
Yum, doesn’t that look delicious? I think everything tastes better when it’s homemade. Mangia!