Sunday, September 20, 2009

Heaven Help Us...

...but I've decided to make homemade pizza tonight. I should say that I decided to make this pizza LAST night, because I wanted to try these recipes (with some of the helpful tips from people who've also tried it), and the pizza dough requires 16 hours to...I don't know, vacation in the fridge? Ferment into yeasty goodness? I dunno. Still...why NOT use recipes I've never tried before. When Super J won't be home to help. Because, you know, I have three pizza stones, so I can make my own "brick oven," see? We'll never have to order out again!!!!! What could go wrong??? I shall let you know.

Brick-Oven Pizza (Brooklyn Style) (I just used this recipe for the dough and directions for how to cook it)


1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour

6 ounces low moisture mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup no salt added canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn


Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes to proof. Stir in salt and cold water, then stir in the flour about 1 cup at a time. When the dough is together enough to remove from the bowl, knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 10 minutes. Divide into two pieces, and form each one into a tight ball. Coat the dough balls with olive oil, and refrigerate in a sealed container for at least 16 hours. Be sure to use a big enough container to allow the dough to rise.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator one hour prior to using.

Preheat the oven, with a pizza stone on the lowest rack, to 550 degrees F. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour.

Using one ball of dough at a time, lightly dust the dough with flour, and stretch gradually until it is about 14 inches in diameter, or about as big around as the pizza stone. Place on the floured peel. Place thin slices of mozzarella over the crust, then grind a liberal amount of black pepper over it. Sprinkle with dried oregano. Randomly arrange crushed tomatoes, leaving some empty areas. Drizzle olive oil over the top.

With a quick back and forth jerk, make sure the dough will release from the peel easily. Place the tip of the peel at the back of the preheated pizza stone, and remove peel so that the pizza is left on the stone.

Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust begins to brown. Remove from the oven by sliding the peel beneath the pizza. Sprinkle a few basil leaves randomly over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve.

I'm using this sauce recipe:

Easy Pizza Sauce III

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika

1. In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in oregano, garlic and paprika.

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