My husband Lenny makes the best pizza dough. It is rarely the same process twice, however, it always tastes delicious. He has also introduced me to the balls of mozzarella that you can buy in the deli section, as opposed to the bars of cheese in the dairy area of the grocery store, and they make a world of difference in the quality of your pizza. If you need a recommendation, my personal favourite is the Tre Stelle Mozzarella Ball.
Pizza from last Friday
In terms of a dough recipe, here is a Wolfgang Puck-inspired recipe that Lenny has adapted for use in a breadmaker.
You will need:
- 1 1/8 cup water, room temperature
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp bread machine yeast
Optional (but tasty!): Add a 1/2 tbsp of chopped dried rosemary and 1 tsp dried oregano to the dry ingredients in the dough.
Layer the ingredient according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine uses wet, dry, then yeast) and set it for Dough. Hit start and come back in 1.5 hours (or delay it till later).
When it’s ready, roll the dough ball out onto a floured work surface, knead briefly for a minute, then place into a lightly oiled bowl to rest for 30 more minutes. Cover with a moist cloth and set in a warm place.
After the dough has increased in size (about 50% larger) punch the dough down and roll back out onto your work surface. Roll out into a pizza-like shape and assemble your pizza. 14-16 minutes in a pre-heated 425-degree oven will give you a nice crispy crust if cooked on either a pizza stone or perforated pizza sheet.