The ultimate life-saver in our house: Pizza crust. Picky-eater must-have. Organic frozen pizza is super over-priced, and on top of that, most of it still has plenty of inorganic ingredients and is still allowed to carry an organic label. Not cool. So here’s my response to that, which makes four ready-to-use pizza crusts:
- 1 2/3 c. warm water
- 1/3 c. white wine
- 4 tsp. dry active yeast
- 1 T. local, raw organic honey
- 2 T. olive oil
- 6 c. organic, unbleached flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. italian seasoning
- handful of shredded parmesan cheese
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine warm water, wine, and yeast. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until puffy.
- Add in honey and oil, mixing lightly on the stir setting.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, garlic, italian seasoning, and parmesan.
- Add your flour mixture one cup at a time to yeast mixture, using the stir speed. As the dough gets thicker, be sure to the lock top of your mixer to save your motor. Do NOT mix at a higher speed- your motor will burn up. Not fun.
- Remove the dough from mixer bowl and roll into 2 large balls. It should be a little sticky, but shouldn’t leave a sticky residue on your hands. If it does, you need to add a few more tablespoons of flour. Likewise, if it’s too dry, add some more olive oil.
- Place each dough ball into a separate mixing bowl, and coat lightly with olive oil. They should just be a little slippery at this point.
- Cover bowls with a dish towel and allow them to rise in a warm place for an hour, or until they’re doubled in size. **Little trick, if your kitchen isn’t warm enough for the dough to rise, preheat your oven to 200, then turn it off. Place your covered bowl in the oven and allow it to rise there, checking every 15 minutes to be sure it’s not rising too much)
- Once the dough has risen, cut each ball in half, and roll flat into your desired thickness/diameter. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning (or your own seasoning blend, or nothing at all!)
- Bake each of your 4 crusts on a round pizza pan or stone at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool before freezing, and wrap in paper or plastic.
- Freeze right away, or if you’re ready to bake, add sauce and toppings and bake at 400 again for 8 minutes. (There’s no need to thaw crust if you’re taking it from the freezer- just add your sauce, cheese, toppings and bake.)
We love these and they are easy and fun to make with the kids! Happy pizza making 🙂