Everyone loves pizza night! It’s so easy and delicious. But, my husband and I took a vow not to eat out until Spring Break (with the exception of Valentines Day), so no delivery pizza for us! Luckily, I’ve discovered that pizza is super easy to make and is even tastier without the cardboard box. I use my food processor with the special dough blade and a few ingredients to make the perfect pizza crust. My favorite toppings besides the cheese (obviously) are roma tomato slices, spinach, thin sliced onions, pepperoni (the uncured kind), and olives (although I didn’t have any when I made the pizza pictured). I’ve made the dough with all white flour and I’ve also subbed 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat flour with good results, so play around with it. Also, my favorite seasonings to sprinkle over my pizza are: garlic powder, basil and fresh ground black pepper.
Perfect Food Processor Pizza Dough
1 packet active dry yeast (found in the baking aisle)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup hot water (not boiling)
2 cups all-purpose unbleached white flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle of cornmeal (optional)
Combine salt and flour and 1 tbs olive oil in the bowl of the food processor with your dough blade. In a cup combine hot water and yeast. Dissolve the sugar into the water and let it foam for around 5 minutes to activate the yeast. With the food processor on high, slowly add the liquid to the flour mixture through the feed tube. The flour will start to form a dough ball. Let the food processor run for about 30 more seconds after ball forms. The dough should be very sticky and pliable. Coat the ball with the remaining 1/2 tbs of olive oil and throw into a large ziploc bag to rise. Seal bag and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes while the dough doubles in size (I turn my oven on 400 and set the bag on top of the warmed oven and it works great). After 45 minutes cover a large surface with parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with flour. Cut the dough in half and roll each ball separately into a 10-12 inch pizza on the parchment paper (adding a sprinkle of flour when needed to prevent sticking). Sprinkle a round pizza pan lightly with cornmeal (optional) and flip your crust onto the pan. Your pizza is now ready to top! Add sauce, fresh mozzarella, meat and veggies and cook for 10 minutes at 450 on the middle rack of the oven.