Saturday, 29 August 2009

pizza dough recipe.

In honor of the party I will share with you my sacred pizza dough recipe. Mr Woo and I have this pizza at least once a week, it is a serious fave.

Mrs Woo's Pizza Dough

makes 1 large pizza base.

preheat oven to 450f/230c/gas mark 7 or 8

1 package of dry yeast* ( or use 1T of Allisons Dried Yeast - the one that is little balls)
1 C Lukewarm water
2T Olive Oil, plus extra of greasing the pan
1T Honey
2 1/2 C flour

Mix yeast, honey and water in a large bowl. Let the yeast proof for a few minutes until it gets foamy.
Add the other ingredients.
Mix well by hand, let sit covered by a towel for 5 - 10 min.
{Alternatively you can let it double in size (aprox 30 min) and then knead on a floured surface until silky.}
Flatten onto a pan greased with extra olive oil.
Top with tomato sauce {I use jarred pasta sauce} and mozzarella {I use bagged grated}. If you want to use fresh mozzarella you'll need to press out as much water as possible before adding to the pizza, otherwise the dough will go very soggy and not cook properly.
I have found any toppings that contain excess water (like rocket or spinach) end up giving you a very soggy pizza. yuck.

Add your favourite toppings and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling - roughly 12min.

some of my fave combos are:
red onion, mushrooms and quorn mince
pineapple, sweet corn and onion and sometimes quorn pieces.
i like just cheese, but Mr Woo will not abide it.

*note: Some yeasts are meant to be added directly to the flour instead of water - that will work too, just make sure you read the yeast directions before you proceed.

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