One of my so called "cooking resolutions" for this year include making bread from scratch, making pizza dough from scratch, making ravoili from scratch among other things.
I saw Elise's post on homemade pizza and that gave me the go-try-making-the-pizza-dough-now motivation. Thank you, Elise :). I even bought a pizza stone recently on one of my trips to TX so I was itching to break it in as well.
The major hindrance I have in bread making is that I don't have a stand mixer or a bread machine which means I have to knead the dough by hand. For pizza dough though, I had seen somewhere that the dough could be made in a food processor. Off I went to test my google skills and I found Sara Moulton's recipe and Emerill's recipe.
I mostly followed Moulton's recipe except for the following incorporations from Emerill's and Elise's recipe.
- I used Emerill's "soft but not sticky" concept to see when the dough was ready to come out of the food processor.
- I kneaded the dough for about 4-5 minutes by hand, after it was mixed in the food processor.
- I let the yeast rise for about 1 hour.
- I also let the dough rise after dividing into 2 portions for about 15 minutes, before I rolled them out for the crust.
- I mostly followed Elise's recipe for baking the pizza. I improvised with a cooke sheet since I do not own a pizza peel.
The pizza was so good and it did not seem like it was too much work at all. Infact, after the first try, I have made it every week since then. Now as I sit here blogging, I am thinking "why did I take so long to try the homemade pizza?"