Dough Relaxation

It’s the weekend, so maybe you’d like some pizza.

Last weekend we ate ours with a dose of Downton Abbey, because, why not?  Making pizza dough is therapeutic.  It tastes delicious, but I really like the process: the slowing down, and  the glass of wine I drink while kneading.

And this one is easy.  Really, really easy.  The dough recipe I always use is from Jamie Oliver.

Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 Tablespoons active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons honey

just over 2 cups of water, slightly warmer than luke warm

6-8 Cups bread flour (just over 2 pounds– I guess I start with 6 cups and add more, if needed)

2 Tablespoons salt

1.) Dissolve the yeast and honey in half of the water.  (Note: If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast, and if it isn’t warm, the yeast won’t grow.  Slightly hot to touch is a good marker.)

2.) In a large bowl, make a pile of the flour and salt.  Make a well in the middle, and pour in the yeast mixture.  Slowly start mixing it together, gradually adding the rest of the water when you need more moisure.

3.)  Knead!  Mix the dough for about 5 minutes.

4.)  Make a round, flour the top, and score the dough with a knife.  Place in a warm-ish place (i.e. around a stove) to rise for about 40 minutes.

(This is when I make the sauce- see below.)

5.)  Break into 2-3 balls of dough, depending on the size of pizza that you want.  Knead each a bit more and roll into a round with a rolling pin.  Fold up the edges, depending on the kind of crust you want.

Here’s the sauce part, for while the dough is rising:

Pizza Sauce:

I large can of fire-roasted chopped tomatoes

3-4 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon fennel

1 onion

a squirt of honey

salt + pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2-1 teaspoon smoked chili powder

1.) Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil over medium heat, until the onion has softened and browned a little bit.

2.) Add the tomatoes, and let them simmer until some of the liquid cooks off.  

3.) Add the seasonings and honey.  If you like more spice, add a bit of cayenne.  

After you’ve rolled your dough into rounds and made your sauce, assemble your pizzas.

We topped ours with mozzarella, tomato sauce, fresh basil, spicy chicken sausage, red onion, and bell peppers.  I think a butternut squash, goat cheese, and arugula pizza would be amazing (hold the tomato sauce).

Happy weekend!

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