Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pizza!

Living out here in the country, we don't get pizza delivery and since the bridge over the interstate is being rebuilt after a big accident on March 15th, it is an extra 10 miles to get to town! However, a girl still needs pizza and beer on Friday night occasionally! I realize this is a pretty boring pizza recipe to be posting in Blogger-Land but if it just inspires you to make your own that is good! The dough recipe is from the "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" and makes two 14-inch thin crust pizzas or one deep-dish crust.

1 cup water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour (I replaced one cup of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour because I was out of all-purpose and I liked it even better.)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast



Prepare dough for crust in the bread machine according to the maufacturer's instructions using the dough cycle. Divide into two pieces. Wrap one piece and freeze for later use.


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees with a pizza stone on the center rack for at least 20 to 30 minutes. I LOVE my pizza stone, it makes the crust so much crisper!



Roll dough into a 14-inch circle. If I had a pizza peel, I would dust it liberally with cornmeal and roll the dough out on that but I don't so I use parchment paper.






Add some sauce. I just use tomato sauce with a little dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder added in.






Top with some shredded cheese. I used cheddar and goat cheese this time because I'm trying to use up the goat cheese! LOL!!








Next, add your meat. We like pepperoni and spicy sausage. :)








Now, pile on lots of veggies! I used red, yellow and green bell pepper and green onions.





Carefully slide the pizza off the pizza peel directly onto the pizza stone and bake for 12 to 15 minutes (5 to 8 minutes longer for a thick crust) until the underside of the crust is brown and crisp. Check the underside of the crust by lifting with a metal spatula to be sure it is browned enough. Since I use parchment paper, I just pick the whole thing up and place it directly onto the pizza stone. Pizza Hut's got nothin' on us!! But wait, our little town is too small even for Pizza Hut!! :)

10 comments:

TASO said...

The fact that you posted this "boring" recipe in blogger-land was actually more of a great service to me! You're the only one who has shown me how to put my beloved bread machine to use for pizza dough! Yay! Thanks!!!

Candy C. said...

Tatiana,

Glad I could be of help!! :)

nancypo said...

Looks awesome! Yum! I have made a spelt crust several times, has a nice nutty flavor. And homemade is always the best. I use a lot of my summer tomatoes for pizza, gotta make one soon!

Kathleen said...

Look just yummy, not at all boring. Now I'm craving a pizza. Like you I live way out of delivery reach. This is now on my must try list. A different crust for pizza is an engish muffin. I've done that many times before.

Candy C. said...

Nancy,

Spelt flour is one of the things I have never tried! You are right, fresh tomatoes from the garden are always great on pizza! :)

Candy C. said...

Kathleen,

I like the english muffin pizzas too, they just never last long enough around here to become pizza! LOL!!

Kristina said...

Looks delicious! I have plans to try a new pizza as soon as I have more cauliflower in the garden.

Candy C. said...

Kristina,

Sounds good to me but I don't think I could get Jerry to eat it! LOL!!

dutchpower said...

Hello Candy and Jerry,

Could you tell us how to register a farm as a business in Arizona. We do not seem to find any info. Nice pizza. :)

Thanks for any help.

Lynn and George

Candy C. said...

Hi Lynn and George,

You got me! :) Our farm isn't a business, just a hobby farm for us and to sell extra produce at the Farmers Market. You might try your local County Extension office (usually affiliated with one of the State colleges like ASU, NAU or the U of A) for some information. Hope that helps some! :)