Now that you’ve had a chance to practice basic bread dough, we’re ready for the really fun part!
I played around with this for many years before my New Yorker husband really got on board, but even he says I’ve arrived now! Ready! Set! Go!
Make a half batch of Mom’s Homemade Bread http://wp.me/p3urb4-2n with the following adjustments: cut the salt to 1 1/2 tsp., omit the honey, and cut the oil down to about 1 1/2 Tbsp. Also, add a bit more flour so you have a stiffer dough.
In a nutshell, here’s the adjusted recipe:
- 2 1/2 cups hot water from the tap
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp. oil
- White Flour
Allow it to raise until double in size.
Divide the dough. You don’t need to let it proof again, just allow it to “rest” for a few minutes until it’s “compliant.” This is also a good time to preheat the oven to 550°.
If you try to roll it when it’s still too elastic it may tear. Press it by hand or roll it out on pizza pans that have been coated with olive oil or cooking spray. I usually get it about halfway there and have to give it another rest.
Add sauce, grated mozzarella, and your favorite toppings. Bake. Timing will depend on the thickness of the crust and your particular oven, but you’ll be able to tell when it’s done–bubbly cheese and browned crust. I start peeking in on it after about 10 minutes.
Use this same dough to make BREAD STICKS by rolling it out on a cookie sheet and spreading with butter or spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with parmesan, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, garlic, or other seasoning of your choice. Score with a pizza cutter, then let it raise a few minutes before baking in 400° oven for about 10-15 minutes, again depending on the thickness. Serve dipped in hot spaghetti sauce.
For the REALLY fun part, try this dessert pizza. This is my version of the desserts they serve at one of our favorite local pizza places called Pizza Pie Cafe http://www.pizzapiecafe.co I really have no idea what’s in theirs, but it’s GOOD! I just had to try it, and I’m pretty happy about how it turned out.
Roll out dough on a pizza pan as above. With an electric mixer blend 8 oz. cream cheese, 2 Tbsp. honey, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Spread on uncooked pizza dough.
Top with fruit or other topping of your choice. To name a few goodies, try blueberry or apple pie filling; fresh/frozen peaches, cherries, or berries; crumbled sandwich cookies, or cookie dough. (Streusel topping works very well with any and all of these.)
Bake at 400° for about 15 minutes. After baking, drizzle with a glaze made with 1 Tbsp. butter, 2 or 3 Tbsps. milk, and powdered sugar to the consistency you like. Serve warm or cold, à la carte or à la mode!