At the end of a busy week – pizza night. It’s not a planned night. Every Friday night isn’t pizza night. It’s a wind down with pizza and beer night. It’s been a busy week. Why would I want to take the time to make pizza dough after a busy week? First, nobody delivers pizza, or anything else, out here. Second, that feeling of my butt sinking into the chair and the exhale, the ahhhhhhh I made it feeling that comes with that slice of homemade pizza, is worth it.
It’s been a busy week, like I said. I had a colonoscopy on Tuesday so Monday and Tuesday were crossed out on the calendar. Monday for prep, Tuesday for totally milking the “I had anesthesia and can’t drive or make decisions today” opportunity. I’m telling you this because colon cancer killed my Mum. The 20th anniversary of her death is next month. If it’s time for you to have one – go do it. You’ve already spent more time running to the bathroom for a stomach bug than you will for the prep. You get a nap and naps are one of life’s little luxuries. Then you get the rest of the day off. Ask for the first appointment of the day, by the way. I don’t have to go back for five years. Chances are you’re good for ten.
That left Wednesday through Friday to get the week’s worth of work done. Exhale. ahhhhhhh. Pizza and the end of a busy week. You know what I mean.
How was your week?
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour Not all-purpose
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups warm water 105° to 110°
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix the water and yeast together in a bowl. Add the olive oil. Add the flour and salt. Mix.
- If the mix is very dry you can add water, one tablespoon at a time.
- Lightly flour the countertop. Put the dough on the counter and knead vigorously for about ten minutes. Feel the changes in texture as you go. When you can pull a spot in the dough into a paper thin window without it breaking, it’s done.
- Put the dough back in the bowl, cover it, and let proof (first rise) until it doubles in size. It could take as much as an hour. Don’t rush it.
- When the dough has doubled, spread it out on the pizza pan/stone.
- This recipe makes two large thin crust pizzas – approximately. Thicker crust, smaller pizza.
- Top the pizza the way you like it. Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes. The amount of time needed will depend on how thick or thin the crust is. Add more time as needed.