Pizza is great. Now I don’t mean the greasy cardboard that most chains sells as pizza, I mean real pizza. Homemade dough, fresh toppings, maybe even some homemade pizza sauce. It is a great way to use up stray vegetables and it can be a quick and extremely satisfying dinner. But I have been having a hard time finding the perfect dough. So this week, I tried something new – no knead pizza dough.
There has been a lot of buzz about no knead bread. This was my first time trying it. I always just kind of thought of it as a hassle. Yeah, you don’t need to knead the dough, but you need to wait up to 24 hours to actually bake the bread. And kneading bread really isn’t such a big deal. It might get a bit messy, but its also a bit therapeutic. But I started to read about it and I learned that by not kneading you are really allowing the yeast to work and add flavor. So I thought I’d give it a try.
It started last night. I mixed together the ingredients and it made a gloppy mess.
But I just followed the instructions and let it sit until I got home from work today. And then it looked like this….
Still pretty much a gloppy mess. I was beginning to lose hope. But I continued to follow directions. When I rolled it out, I did need to add quite a bit of flour to make it less sticky. But man oh man, this is definitely the best crust I have made. It has more flavor and it is just the right thickness. This is definitely a keeper. And another great thing about this is that the recipe makes enough dough for about 6 small pizzas! So we made 2 tonight (1 veggie, 1 meat for Dan) and we wrapped up the other dough and stuck it in the freezer. So now we have 4 individually wrapped pizza dough balls! Now I won’t have to think so far in advance if we want to make pizza!
And for my brother…