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Friday, July 15, 2011

Tomatoe Basil Pizza......YUM

This is a simple, but delicious dish.  The pizza crust recipe is the best I've found.  The topping is simple.


1 1/2 cups very warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
16 ounces (about 2 3/4 cups) bread flour
3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) semolina flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. olive oil

you will also need:
a food processor or Kitchen Aide type mixer
about a tablespoon of olive oil
a large bowl

Instructions:             Makes 2 Medium Pizzas

Using your food processor or mixer,   Place very warm water (about 115), yeast and sugar in food mixer stir.  While most recipes will tell you to use lukewarm water when making yeast dough, I find that by the time you take hot water, put it into a measuring cup and then into a food processor, it has cooled significantly.  I always use water that is almost too hot to the touch, and have always had great luck with this dough.  Let sit while you measure out the dry ingredients.

After 2-3 minutes you will see small bubbles forming in the liquid in the food processor, which indicates that your yeast is working.  Dump in the dry ingredients and turn on the food processor.  The machine will go all the work, including the kneading.  After about a minute the dough should form into a ball going around in your food processor.  Open the machine and take a look.  If you think the dough is too wet, you can add a bit a flour, but know that too wet is better than too dry, and the dough will loose some of its stickiness as it rises.

Place about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl.  Take the dough out of the food processor or mixer (putting a little olive oil on your hands will keep it from sticking) and form it into a ball.  Place in the bowl and turn to lightly coat with the olive oil.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft free place for about an hour or until doubled in size, before rolling out and baking.  For a crust with a perfect pizzeria taste and texture, I recommend baking on a pizza stone in a very hot oven (500 - 550EF for about 10 -12 minutes.   You can store this dough in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Just take out and let it come to room temp before baking.

Fresh Basil rough chopped.
you can use either fresh tomatoes sliced and arranged on top, or use you favorite sauce.  I also put dollops of cream cheese before covering completely with mozzarella cheese.

Looks Delish...right?  It does really taste as good as it looks. 

Hope you'll try this.  Let me know if you do.
Thanks for stopping by,  have a wonderful weekend and Remember to Find the Time to do ALL the things YOU love.


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