If I state how much I love to bake the first thing that people think is cookies, cakes, cupcakes, or pies. Yup, it’s true, I do love to bake those but there is so much more to baking. Sweets are an awesome thing to bake because very few people don’t like to eat sweets. Aside from cakes and cookies though are many other baked goods. In fact, my favorite thing to bake is bread. There are so many different kinds of bread that you can bake and it’s really not as hard as it might be made out to be. Once I learned how to work with yeast I found there was so much more I could bake. From simple pizza dough to slightly harder Easter bread, baking bread is a lot of fun.
While I might find the kitchen to be my home I’m not the best cook. I consider myself an experimental cook because for the most part what I make is tasty but not on purpose. My cooking usually only works out by chance. However, if there is one thing I can make for dinner it’s pizza. Making pizza dough takes only a few minutes and about 30 minutes for the dough to rise. After that the dough can be made into a pretty great pizza. The only trick to making a successful dough is keeping the yeast alive and even that can be fool proof: just use lukewarm water. Tonight I made pizza for dinner to treat my parents after a long day at work and they enjoyed it. Even if you have left over veggies or three different kinds of cheeses a pizza is simple to make and can be a lot of fun.
Here is the recipe I use for making pizza dough:
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (or one package)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup lukewarm water
Mix all of the dry ingredients together, add olive oil and slowly add lukewarm water while mixing. The dough will be sticky but kneed it while adding small amounts of flour until you have a firm dough. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray or olive oil (preferably a ceramic bowl) and roll the dough around in the oil. Let the dough sit in the middle of the bowl and cover the bowl with two dish towels. Put the bowl in a warm, not drafty, part of a room and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The dough can rise for more time, this will make the dough rise more in the oven. After 30 minutes or so kneed the dough, adding flour if necessary, and begin to shape into pizza form. Any size pan can be used for making the pizza. After the dough is stretched on the pan put it in a preheated 400 degree oven for two minutes to start the baking process. Take out after two minutes and build your pizza. Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes or until it looks good to you! Enjoy!
Try making pizza for dinner one night and you might be surprised at how simple it is to make your own dough.
One more note: I have been watching the Olympics and trying to think of something I can bake with an Olympic theme. It could be cookies, cupcakes, or a cake of any kind but I want it to represent the Olympics. Leave a comment if you have any ideas! When I make whatever it might be there will definitely be a post but I need some help with ideas. Thanks!