Homemade Pizza (Quick 30 Minute Rise Crust)

2 envelopes yeast
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 each Tablespoons honey & brown sugar
Place in bowl in mixer and give a little stir, let stand 5 minutes until yeast proofs

Add in
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoons sea salt  (you can add in any seasonings you like here- we used about a teaspoon each of garlic salt with parsley and Mrs. Dash Italian blend- here's a great recipe for myo Italian seasoning blend)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (we recommend freshly grated)
3 cups each all purpose and bread flour

Stir with dough hook until ball is formed and pulling away from sides

You can remove to another bowl and roll in olive oil, we just put a little oil on our hands, and wipe the dough that's exposed to air so it doesn't develop a skin

Cover with a towel and let stand 30 minutes until doubled in size and looks spongy

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone or cookie sheet on bottom rack

Divide in half for 2 large or into 12 portions for individual pizzas

If you used a separate bowl, punch down and roll out on floured surface
If you left it in the mixer bowl, give it a whirl to punch it down then roll or shape on floured surface
Shape into circles (or whatever shapes you want to use)

Place on pizza paddle lightly dusted with flour or cornmeal* then top with your favorite toppings- we went basic with pizza sauce & several kinds of cheese for Ian's.  We free-formed a heart and did some tiny flowers for his shapes.
Slide onto preheated stone or baking sheet and bake 15 minutes for large or check after 10 for individual pizzas  (Only bake on one rack - lowest in oven- at a time for best results)

Dev got a bit more elaborate with hers:  pizza sauce, shredded leftover roasted chicken, sliced cherry tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, organic baby spinach chiffonade, shredded mozzarella and parmesan and sliced fresh mozzarella.  Food porn at its finest.

*If you don't have a pizza paddle and/or are using the baking sheet, use parchment paper and just slide onto hot baking sheet when ready to bake.

We set out a bunch of different ingredients-  olive oil, artichoke hearts, fire roasted red peppers, tomato, spinach and fresh mozzarella and parmesan was a really good combo as was ricotta cheese, tapenade, tomato, spinach, shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, parmesan and mozzarella.

We also made a few calzones-  caramelized onion, chicken, cheddar and spinach; caramelized onion, chicken and cheddar and chicken, spinach, mushroom and mozzarella.  All were fantastic but we forgot to get pics.


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