Friday, 14 September 2012

Homemade Pizza Dough

I've been making my own pizza dough for many years. Probably ever since "Let's Bake Bread": a 4-H homemakers club from way back when. Some of you farm gals would know what I'm talking about. I managed to complete Provincial Honours, which I think was 18 clubs. I had to finish my final club when I was in university, they even had a club on campus. We got a silver teaspoon for every club we completed. Well, nobody uses silver teaspoons anymore; or not too many of those that I hang out with, but I sure do use a lot of the knowledge and basic skills that I learned from those homemaker clubs.

Pizza dough is not that hard to make, it uses just a few ingredients and tastes just like yummy bread right out of the oven. You can make it thin crust or thick crust and it only takes about ten minutes to prepare.

I'm going to type the recipe from memory so I hope I don't leave anything out.

Homemade Pizza Dough
In one cup of warm water, dissolve 1 tsp. sugar and 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast. Let sit in a warm place for ten minutes. When time is up, stir with a fork, add 1 tsp of salt and 3 Tbsp of cooking oil. Add to 3 cups of all purpose flour. Mix and turn out on a floured surface and knead until smooth. (I usually get lazy hear and just knead it until it's mixed fairly well). Then roll it out with a rolling pin and you're good to go.
I think you can take it from there with the pizza toppings, tomato sauce, your favourite toppings covered with a healthy amount of mozzarella. Bake at 400F for 20 min.