~Pizza Dough~

Just a Thought ~ When I was growing up, I remember that Saturday evening meant homemade tacos and pizza. We made the Chef Boyardee pizza kits. I thought this was wonderful. It was not until I was in high school and taking Home Ec classes that I had tasted a homemade pizza dough. I could not believe the difference in the tastes. It was a whole wheat pizza dough and I was amazed. I got to make it a couple of times for my family after that. But it never really stuck. I guess once you are used to using something, it’s hard to change to something else.

Well, now that I am married and have my own family, we enjoy homemade pizzas with a homemade dough. Making it is something that we all enjoy.

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 1/2 tsp brown sugar 1 1/2 cups warm water 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In large bowl (mixing bowl on stand), add brown sugar, yeast and water, let this sit for about 10 minutes. Add salt and oil to the yeast mixture. Slowly add flour. Turn on mixer ( using dough hook)and continue adding flour until all mixed. Turn the mixer up to #2 and continue kneading for about 10 minutes. Check to make sure the dough is not too sticky.

When the dough is smooth, cover with a towel and let sit for about an hour, until it doubles in size. Punch down and form a ball. Let this rest for a couple of minutes on floured board.  Using a rolling pin, roll dough until it's large enough to place in pan. Then continue with stretching the dough to fit the pan.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake dough for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with your favorite pizza toppings. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is golden and crust is brown.