Remember back in February when I posted about my Baking Resolutions? It’s pretty much about how I want to learn how to bake from scratch. In the comments, Jessica’s mom, my Aunt Chris, posted that she had a great pizza dough recipe. Well, eight months later, here it is!
And let me tell you! I am kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. The dough was so good! And according to Derek (also, favorite nephew of Aunt Chris– just sayin’!), the sauce was his favorite part! There is a bit of waiting time for the dough to rise (twice), but it is worth it.
I know it’s so incredibly easy to just pick up ready-made dough and jarred sauce from the grocery store, but you’ve really got to make this recipe. It puts store-bought dough to shame and I guarantee that you won’t go back after giving it a try! I know this will be our go-to recipe from now on, and the best part is that the dough makes 2 pizzas– one for dinner and one for another day!
aunt chris’ pizza dough
makes 2 12″ pizzas
1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) or 1 teaspoon instant yeast.
1 1/3 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
3 1/2-4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
Olive oil for the bowl
Sprinkle yeast over water. Let stand one minute. Stir until the yeast is dissolved. In a large bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups flour and salt. Add yeast and water mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed to make the dough smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Lightly coat a large bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl, turning so it gets oiled on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm draft free spot. (A good place is your oven with a pot of hot water underneath the dough.) Let rise till doubled, about 1-1 1/2 hours. Punch down the dough, divide it in half and form two balls. [Freeze at this point if you are saving the dough for later.] Flatten slightly and dust with flour. Put on floured surface and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest and rise for 30-60 minutes until doubled and ready to roll out and use.
30-60 minutes before baking the pizzas, put pizza stone in a 500 degree oven. Make your pizza and bake for 6-7 minutes, until the crust is brown.
aunt chris’ pizza sauce
makes about 3 cups
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
In a saucepan, cook garlic and red pepper in oil for one minute until garlic is golden. Add the tomatoes and oregano and bring to simmer. Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste. Let cool before putting on pizza.