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Pizza Dough

Pizza, Food Processor Pizza Dough

Pizza made with "Food Processor Pizza Dough"

Recently I had been tossing around the idea of doing some sort of cooking or baking blog. I really didn’t know where to begin, so of course I kept dragging my feet. So who knew that my excitement over finally finding a good pizza dough recipe would light the spark!?  I have tried many pizza dough recipes over the years…too thick, too bread-like, too soft, too hard, and on and on.  Then one night , a bout of insomnia had me watching a cooking show at three in the morning and I saw what looked pretty easy to make and appeared to come out the way a pizza crust should be. So with that my first blog post is a recipe for pizza dough.

I have to admit my excitement and high hopes for this recipe were moderately frightening, but I’m sure all of you out there who have tried and tried to find the perfect recipe for something, can relate. The recipe is from Sara Moulton, which you can find  on her website, This dough is made in a food processor and although I do not have a very big or good food processor (it’s actually just an attachment for my blender), I could see right away that this recipe was going to be a winner!  When it was time to take it out of the food processor it had a smooth and beautiful surface and shaped into a ball very easily.Image In the past, I could barely get to this step…the dough would be too sticky or wouldn’t form into a ball, etc. After the rising time, I cut it in half and rolled it out really thin.ImageImage I was able to make two fairly large pizzas (not round, but more oblong, as I’m not really all that skilled with making and shaping dough), one with various meats and one plain cheese, since my husband and I have much different tastes when it comes to pizza. It came out very thin and crispy and one pizza would have definitely been enough for the two of us, but like I said, the hubby and I have very different tastes when it comes to pizza….but, we were able to agree on one thing…that I had finally made a great crust!

So here is the recipe and my first blog! Yay! To make your pizza just add your favorite toppings and pop into the oven at 400 or 450 degrees.  I usually pre-bake my crust for about 6-8 minutes, then add the toppings and put it back in for about 10 minutes.

Food Processor Pizza Dough (Source: Sara Moulton)

2 ½ c. flour

1 package rapid rise yeast

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

¾ c. warm water (125 degrees F)

  1. In a food processor, combine 1 ¾ cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Pulse once or twice to combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the water and oil and process until a soft dough forms.
  3. Add the remaining flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough is manageable.
  4. Remove the dough from the food processor and shape into a ball.
  5. Place the dough into a bowl with oil and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise for about 35 minutes, until double in size.
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, to desired thickness.
  7. Add toppings (i.e. pizza sauce, meats, veggies, cheese, etc.) and bake in a 450 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes or until cooked through; or use the dough as called for in any pizza recipe.

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