Hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe. What are your favorite toppings?
1 cup wrist-temperature water
1 package (2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil (plus extra for the bowl)
1 ½ cups unbleached white flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour 1 Tablespoon Italian herbs Extra flour for kneading
Cornmeal for the baking tray
peperoni* ham* olives* peppers* red onion* tomatoes* banana peppers*pineapple* shrimp*artichoke hearts*spinach* pesto* pepper flakes* Parmesan* ricotta cheese* zucchini* garbanzo beans* garlic
Place the water in a medium-large bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar, and stir to dissolve. Let it stand 5 minutes, or until the mixture begins to bubble.
Stir in 1 cup of flour, the salt, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Beat for several minutes with a wooden spoon.
Add the spices and remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be soft but should not be sticky.
Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for several minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise until doubled in bulk. This will take about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough, and return it to the floured surface. (This is the point at which you can freeze the dough for future use.)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Roll and stretch the dough into one large pizza round or 6 small pizzas. If you want to make a pizza bread sticks that will work too. Reduce heat to 450 degrees and bake 10 minutes. Some of my favorite toppings are:
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon garlic
½ pound shrimp or chicken (cooked)
½ cup pineapple, cut small
½ cup red onion, diced
½ cup red pepper, diced
½ cup zucchini, diced
½ cup spinach
½ cup olives, sliced
½ cup artichoke hearts
¼ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
Roll out pizza crust very thin. Lightly brush with olive oil and bake according to instructions. Combine the tomatoes and garlic and spread over the crust. Arrange the
remaining ingredients and sprinkle with the red pepper flakes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.