Remember this scene from “I Love Lucy” when Lucy tries to make bread from scratch and she ends up with the monster loaf of bread from Hell?
Well that is what I expected to happen to us when we wanted to make our own homemade pizza dough. However, since we had never done this before, we cheated and bought an at-home-baking kit we found at the store…
We ended up with the world’s thickest pizza crust in the history of pizza crust. It also made some of the tastiest crust I have ever had. Actually, everything turned out better than I expected…
It was really easy too and a lot of fun. First we mixed the yeast packet from the kit with some warm water and let that sit for five minutes.
Next up add the flour mix…
Then I had to knead the dough on a floured surface for about 6 minutes….
Next we covered up the dough ball with some plastic wrap (sprayed with some non-stick baking spray) and let that sit at room temperature for 30 minutes….
Now it was time for the fun part- shaping the dough ball onto our pizza stone and beginning to add the toppings…we began with the tomato sauce….
Next up a light layer of cheese….
We then added fresh slices of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, green olives and a little sprinkling of oregano….
Into the oven our creation went and in a short 25 minutes we had ourselves an enormous pizza parlor quality pie….
Seriously, this crust was HUGE!
The next night we tried it again, this time we used store bought pesto sauce….
We added fresh mozzarella cheese…
Again we used tomato slices and then we added some fresh torn basil leaves….
Again into the oven for 30 minutes and viola!
I was quite skeptical of using pre-packaged dough mix but the pizza turned out really delicious. I think what we liked most was that it was actually pretzel dough so it gave a more unique flavor than ordinary dough would have. It was fun and not quite as time consuming as making the dough from scratch and probably more foolproof. As I was kneading my dough I kept thinking of Lucy. Luckily we fared better than her, but next time we will have to start from scratch……Have you ever made your pizza crust from scratch? Do you have any secrets to share?