New thing to check off the list: make homemade pizza dough.
So. Seems pretty easy so far, but Lord knows how it will taste. Though honestly, I’m vain about my cooking, so I think it will be pretty good.
Here’s what I did:
1) Dissolved a package of dry yeast into 1/2 cup of warm water. (Not too hot or you will kill the yeast; not too cold or the yeast won’t activate.)
2) Let the yeast dissolve. This took about 5 minutes.
3) In the mean time, I pulsed 3 cups of all-purpose flour with 1 cup of whole wheat flour + 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of kosher salt in the Cuisinart.
4) Added 1 cup of cold water to the warm water and yeast mixture, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil.
5) Dumped most of the yeast liquid into the Cuisinart, on top of the pulsed flour and salt.
6) Pulsed some more, until a dough ball formed.
7) Pulsed some more–not long–until said dough ball was satiny. (Which makes me think of a catering company called Satin and Savory that my dad once hired to cook dinner for my mom’s birthday. It was for a big family dinner, so the catering company didn’t do their usual thing, which was to give sensual massages after the meal.)
8) Turned ball of dough onto a floured board, kneaded it a bit (so cathartic! Clearly I have some anger issues to work out because I really enjoyed pounding and pressing that dough) and then popped it into an oiled bowl, covered it with plastic wrap, and stuck it in the fridge. Two hours before I’m ready to make pizza, I’ll take it out of the fridge, transfer it to a not-cold bowl, and let it rise.
Tonight I will take half of the dough, stretch it onto a cookie sheet, top it with tomato sauce (homemade, but simple since you start with Muir Glen canned tomatoes) and then add either fresh mozzarella and basil or do some sort of sausage / fennel thing. Considering that I ate a ton o’ meat last night (that was not the meal’s official title on the menu) I’m thinking the vegetarian option is probably the way to go.
I’ll post the results this evening. Maybe even with a digi pic. Oh, the suspense!!
(The following picture is neither of a big pizza pie nor of amore, but is actually the moon hitting your eye.)