Notice: you really need a bread machine for this one…

A few months ago, I made homemade pizza kits for my meal swap, and they were such a hit.  They included bags of frozen, homemade pizza dough, sauce, cheese, and a topping.  So many people have been asking me for the pizza dough recipe. It really is ridiculously simple – I feel silly taking credit for all this yummy pizza and focaccia that I make.  But here it is:  

Oh, so easy Pizza Dough

1 c. water
1 T. olive oil
3 c. bread flour (you can use half wheat flour if you like)
1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
2-3 t. yeast
(you can also add italian herbs to the dough, to make a yummy herb crust) 

Place ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed.  Use the dough setting so that you remove the dough after the first rising.  

TIP: You can fridge or freeze the dough at this point.   Simply place the dough in a greased bowl or ziplock bag, and you’ll have ready-to-go dough whenever you need it.  

For pizza: Spread the dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet (slightly greased, and sprinkled with cornmeal if you desire).  Add toppings, then bake at 425 for about 15-20 minutes.

For foccacia: Place dough on pizza stone or cookie sheet.  Pat into a circle, not as thin as pizza crust (about 1 inch thick).  Spread with olive oil, herbs, salt, parmesan cheese, carmelized onions, mozzarella, fresh spinach, or just about any yummy topping you can think of.  Let rise in a warm place about 20-30 minutes. Poke little indentations with your fingers around dough, then bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes.  YUM!

There is my great recipe and tip for the week.  Head over to Tammy’s Recipes to read other great tips for Kitchen Tip Tuesday.