You can save money and eat pizza! Make large slabs on cookie trays or individual ones for each member of the family...
This is a fun, zesty, pizza dough. You can make and freeze your own pizza dough for a fraction of the cost of frozen pizzas or store-bought pizza dough!
Prepare the dough, and while it rises, chop, slice and shred the toppings for your pizza.
1 package (2-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm (tap) water
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 dried basil
1/2 garlic powder
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cold water
flour or cornmeal for dusting
In a 2-cup liquid measure, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 3 - 5 minutes. Insert dough blade in work bowl and add flour, salt and olive oil. Add cold water to yeast mixture. (I used my electric mixer for this).
With machine running, pour liquid into bowl as fast as flour absorbs it. Mix until dough cleans sides of work bowl and forms a ball. Blend for 45 seconds longer to knead dough. Dough may be slightly sticky. Dust dough lightly with flour; transfer to a plastic food storage bag, squeeze out air and seal top. Let rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes
Place dough on a lightly floured surface and punch down, let rest 5 - 10 minutes. Roll into desired crust sizes and follow pizza recipe.
Note: If you only wish to make one pizza, you may freeze half the dough before it rises. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. When ready to use, remove in the morning, unwrap, rub with olive oil and place in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to thaw and rise during the day. It will be ready punch down and roll out in about 8 hours.
Everyone knows the best part of the pizza is the toppings, here is a list of every conceivable topping imagined. Splurge on toppings because you saved on the crust!
Herbs and Spîces: