Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Makes 2 thin crust pizzas.
4-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (~115° F)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour (all white flour can be substituted if desired)
1 tsp. salt
olive oil, for brushing over dough
Directions: Preheat oven to 450°. Place empty pizza pan into the cold oven to preheat along with the oven. (I find that preheating the pan helps the crust to have a better texture and to cook more evenly.)
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Let rest for 8 minutes. (I skipped this resting time).
Knead together the flour, salt, and yeast mixture. Split dough into 2 equal pieces and turn each part onto a floured surface and roll to a circle.
Spray hot pizza pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal (omit cooking spray if using a stoneware pan). never mind the messy table and well-loved pizza stone. :)
Place dough circle onto the pan and push into place.
NOTE: You can allow for about 10 minutes of rising time at this point, if you'd like to add a little thickness to the crust (this is what I prefer) or you can put it straight into the oven. Bake for about 8 minutes or until done.