My sourdough starter has been severely neglected over the past several weeks, so I decided to use it to try to come up with a pizza crust for our Sunday Pizza. I adopted Po's pizza crust recipe #43740 and adapted it to use my sourdough. I am very pleased with the results. Hope you will give it a try if you are a sourdough lover like I am. The cook time includes the time it takes to rise and prebake the pizza crust.
I saw Nick Stellino make this dough and use it to make four calzones. It will also make two pizzas. I've done both and they turn out wonderfully! My key to a great pizza is to slice everything VERY thin and to not pile it on too thick. Our usual pizza is feta, garlic, freshly grated parm, fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, tomatoes, mushrooms, mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. I highly recommend it!
I used sparkling water just because I ran out of bottled water and I'm not a fan of tap. Give this a try.
The optional ingredients can be skipped or changed to which spices you enjoy for a little something extra. Of course you would use the garlic for savory pies and cinnamon for dessert or curry type pies. But if using real garlic and not powdered do add after rising. Because garlic does kill yeast. I have made the dough with powdered garlic with no problems.
Pizza is a great way to get your children into cooking.
I sometimes add in some dried herbs like oregano or basil it really adds tons of extra flavor, this recipes makes a lovely soft chewy crust and I don't think you will searching any further once you try this dough, it also makes great calzones :)
Thin crust lovers you are in for a treat. For exceptional pizza, go to your local Home Depot or Lowes store and buy unglazed quarry tiles. They are very inexpensive. Position your oven rack as low as it will go in your oven. Line oven rack with unglazed quarry tiles (I use about 6 in my oven). Preheat oven at 500 for about 1/2 hour.
This is my new favourite recipe for pizza dough; it's so easy and works so well. I was watching a recent episode ("Pizza Party") of his show and went to the web as soon as it was over to get the recipe. Here it is, but the instructions are different than what you'll find on the web as I use my heavy-duty mixer rather than make this by hand. Enjoy!
This dough turns out crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, just what my family likes. No one even noticed that it was made with half whole wheat flour. After trying numerous recipes, I was told this was the keeper. From The Bread Machine Cookbook by Donna Rathwell German.