I don’t know why it took me so long to make homemade pizza. It is now my favorite go-to! Last night we were in a pickle… nothing planned and not in the mood to go to the grocery store. But we had salad stuff, flour and cheese. I still have a chunk of mozzarella, asiago and provolone left over from our open house.What I liked about last night’s dinner was that with a large salad, I was able to make mini pizzas to serve on the side. This way, we ate our veggies and we had a small treat. The dough I didn’t need is sitting in the fridge and I will have a nice warm roll with my lunch today. I am really glad I figured out the dough thing (I am no longer a yeast killer nor impatient with yeast) in time for Lent. Fasting isn’t about suffering but obedience and self-control. So this Lent, with the bean soups and increased vegetables, we can also treat ourselves to a fresh roll or two... in moderation of course!
· Combine 1 t sugar and 1 ½ c warm water. Sprinkle 1pkg active dry yeast in water and set aside for 10 minutes or until foamy.
· Stir in 1 T olive oil.
· Combine 4 ¼ c all-purpose flour with 1½ t salt in a food processor. With the machine running, add the yeast mixture until dough forms a ball. If it’s too wet, remove dough from processor and kneed on a floured surface until elastic and smooth.
· Lightly coat a large bowl with oil and place dough in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cover with a large towel. I usually heat the oven while I am mixing the ingredients and then turn oven off at this point. This usually warms the oven enough and I let the dough rise on top of the oven.
· The dough should double in size in an hour.
· Turn oven back on to 350 degrees.
· Punch down the dough. Half of the dough is plenty for one pizza. You can make a pizza or use smaller amounts for minis. The dough you don’t use can be placed in a floured bag and stored in the fridge for a day or you can freeze in a floured bag, thaw in the fridge the night before you are ready to use it and rest on counter for 15 minutes. You can also thaw dough for 1 ½ hours on your counter before you need it.