Most pizzas are all about the toppings! This recipe, however is all about the dough. This is a fun, unusual recipe that you will love. I don’t know where it came from other than my mama. She used to make it for me when I was a kid, and yesterday I pulled it out again… I don’t know how I forgot about it for so long because I think this will become a new old favorite!
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 cup tomato juice (warm)
- 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Tomato/marinara/pizza sauce of choice
- Cheese of choice, I use mozzarella
- Toppings of choice
- Stir sugar and yeast into warmed tomato juice and place in warm, draft free place for
- Combine flour, salt, basil and pepper in a bowl.
- Combine olive oil with tomato juice mixture and stir into flour mixture.
- Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic (5-10 minutes).
- Cover with towel and let rise in a warm place to double its size (about 1
- Punch down and pat into a greased 12 inch deep dish pizza pan.
- Let rise for about 30 more minutes covered with a towel in a warm place.
- Preheat oven to 475 F.
- Brush pizza lightly with olive oil.
- Top as desired.
- Place pizza on bottom rack of oven and bake for 5 minutes.
- Lower the temp of your over to 400 F and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden.
Timing: Because of the cayenne pepper crust, I would wait until 1 year to introduce.
Difficulty: 3 out of 5, its not that hard, but I am always nervous about how much the dough “rises”.
- You can also make this with whole wheat flour without sacrificing flavor, but you must make it with a little less flour. I recommend first making it with white flour so that you have an idea of the dough’s consistency.
- It is very important that you put the dough in a WARM place. I put mine on the radiator.
- I make this on a baking stone, not a deep dish pizza pan, and it works fine.
- I also find that it does not need to cook quite as long as the instructions say, but I know that each oven is different.
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She gobbled it right up that day and the next! Hooray.
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