Bianca Lively: Homemade Pizza Bar

10/25/13

Homemade Pizza Bar



Last Valentines Day, I gave C a gift that I honestly do not regret doing. I made up 12 different dates in a jar, and every month on the 14th he chooses one with his eyes closed and we accomplish that date before the month is over.. 
Well, we have both been extremely busy that we were behind about 2-3 months, and finally are almost caught up! 

This month called for Homemade Pizza and Beer night (Guinness of course). 

 Considering our little bean will be here within a few short weeks, we decided to skip the beer (well I did), and still make our homemade pizza's! 
Here I will break down how to make the dough from scratch, and set up your pizza bar.. It was definitely fun, and very entertaining to say the least. 



Pizza Dough 

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions: 



  1. Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes while yeast activates. 



  2. Next you want to pour in the flour and combine.

  3. Once the dough comes together, you want to pull it out onto a lightly floured surface. Don't put too much flour on the surface because you don't want your dough to get too dry. Knead the dough until it becomes slightly elastic and sticky. Roll it into a ball. 
  4. Oil the inside of your large bowl. (The oil is what stops the dough from sticky to the bowl) Place the ball of dough inside the bowl and roll it around until the dough slightly covered in oil. 
  5. Place a damp cloth over the bowl and let it sit for about an hour in a warm spot so that the dough rises. The weather was nice out, so I placed my bowl right next to my window where the sunlight hit. 

  6. After the hour has passed, the dough should be huge! If you lightly touch the dough, it will deflate. (This part I thought was pretty awesome) Cut the dough into how many pizza doughs you are going to have. We made two pizza's, so we cut ours in half. We placed them in two separate bowls and covered both bowls with a towel for another 15 minutes to rise some more. 



    Please excuse my pregnant belly above.. ;) 

  7. Place your individual ball of dough on a lightly floured surface again and roll your doll out to the shape and thickness that you want. Place it on top of a parchment paper so that its easier for you to transfer into the oven. 
  8. Add the toppings of your choice, and place the pizza in a 450F oven for about 20 minutes. Once the bottom of the pizza is golden brown it is then done. 



***This dough was honestly amazing with a thick crust. C really wanted a thin perfect circle pizza, and wanted his pizza to be amazing (for a second he mentioned wanting to work at domino's. haha) but when I told him to not make his dough so thin, we went to look in the oven and it was ridiculously thick! But his was the favorite of the both of ours.. He won the "pizza contest" that I didn't know we were having.... haha


Enjoy.. Bianca

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