Recipe by mammafishy
I just recently bought a KitchenAid stand mixer and a Bialetti pizza baking stone. This recipe is a combination of the Crusty Pizza Dough in the KitchenAid manual and the Pizza Margherita recipe that came with my stone. (If you don't have a pizza stone you can use an inverted baking sheet.) Don't let the simplicity of the pizza sauce fool you....very tasty!
Top Review by Lucky in Bayview
FANTASTIC pizza! We really loved this. DH exclaimed this is his new favorite pizza. I must admit I was very skeptical about using plain tomato sauce, but it was great. Next time I won't add any salt, the parmesean cheese added enough saltiness for us. What a simple, great recipe.Can't wait to make this again. Thanks so much for posting.
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons bulk yeast (or 1 package active dry yeast)
- 1 cup warm water (105 - 115 degrees)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 1⁄2-3 1⁄2 cups flour (I use bread flour)
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/8-inch thick
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
- 1⁄4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- semolina or cornmeal, for dusting
Directions See How It's Made
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in warm mixer bowl.
- Add salt, olive oil and 2 1/2 cups flour.
- Attach bowl and dough hook to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 1 minute.
- Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough, when touched, doesn't leave anything on your hand and dough starts to clean sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2, about 2 minutes longer.
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from drafts, about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down.
- Prepare pizza stone (or baking sheet) by placing on the lowest rack of a cold oven; preheat for 30 minutes at 500 degrees or the highest setting.
- When dough is ready, place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a disk. Use a rolling pin or your hands to roll or stretch the dough into a circle that is 1/4" thick and 10" to 12" in diameter. Transfer to a peel (or inverted baking sheet), that has been dusted with semolina or cornmeal.
- Brush dough with a little of the olive oil to the edge. Spread tomato sauce over the dough to within 1/2" of the edge. Distribute mozzarella slices over the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Arrange basil leaves over the mozzarella, reserving a few for garnish if desired. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with remaining oil.
- Lightly sprinkle the hot stone (or baking sheet) with a dusting of cornmeal (or semolina).
- Carefully slide the pizza onto the stone and bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the bottom is crisp and browned and the top is bubbling. Garnish with reserved basil leaves, if desired.
- Note: Preparation and cooking times are combined, for approximately 90 minutes total.