Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Easy Garlic Pizza Dough



I was so excited that my tomato plant actually produced this year! I mean seriously excited. 

The last two times I have planted tomatoes have been complete and epic fails.

I spent so much time outside pruning them, watering them, talking to them. I did everything short of holding them in my arms and rocking them like babies!


So when it came time to harvest I had to come up with things to make sure the little beauties didn't go to waste. I decided that I would make pasta sauce and pizza sauce, but not just any pasta and pizza sauce. I wanted to make Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pizza and Pasta sauces. Those recipes will be coming soon.

But back to the pizza, I knew that sauce would be special so I wanted to make sure it had a great dough. We all know that it doesn't matter how good the sauce is really, it is just part of the supporting cast of characters right? You can have the best sauce and freshest topping but if the crust doesn't work, well it is all just a plate of yuck.

Now if you have followed me for any amount of time, you know that I have had some epic fails when it comes to bread of any kind. But I have now made this dough 3 times with complete success, so I am going to say this has to be a no fail recipe!!

I realized part of my issue with bread is that my house stays so cold in the fall and winter (drafty old house). Sooooo I put my thinking cap on and BING it hit me, put the bowl in the living room close to the fireplace. It works beauuuuuuuuuuuutfully and the dough comes out fantastic!

This time I added a few things to the dough, and it smelled so good. Kevin came in to smell it and wanted to eat it raw right off the cutting board!

On an even better note, and adding more "oomph" to the fact that this dough is fabulous, is that Kevin told me that my pizza was better than the pizza from his favorite pizza place. The place that we drive 30 minutes to go to instead of eating at the pizza places here in town. 

He has been eating there since he was a kid folks!! Holy....you know what!!

Another great thing about this dough is that it refrigerates well. This recipe makes enough dough for two regular sized pizzas, so I cut it in half and placed the second half in a ziplock bag and tossed it in the fridge. That was last Saturday and we made the second pizza last night. I took the dough out and placed on a floured cutting board, covered it with a towel and placed close to my fireplace. Once it warmed up I went about the task of making the pizza.

It came out just as good as the first night!!

BIG WINNER!!!




Easy Garlic Pizza Dough 
makes 2 regular pizzas

1 1/8 cup warm water
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter




In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and dried basil, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but it still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour (you don’t need to use all if it is not needed) in to the dough, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Allow the oven to heat for an hour. If you have a pizza stone, place it inside. I used a flat cooking sheet, so I left it on top of the stove to heat up a bit.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface, cut in half. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 minutes. While the dough is rising again, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Mix it with the last teaspoon of garlic powder.

Bring the dough back out and using a spoon or pastry brush, apply the butter and garlic mixture to the outside edges of the crust.
Using your hands begin to work the dough into a circle. Then use a rolling pin to reach the thickness you desire. Slide your dough on to the pizza peel or the baking sheet. Spread three spoonfuls of your pizza sauce on the dough, beginning in the middle and working out to the edges in a circular pattern. Top with your favorite toppings. Brush the crust with the garlic butter, and place in the oven to bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing it.

ENJOY!!


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56 comments:

  1. Really nice Bobbi. I have never come across a recipe like this before for the pizza base. Thanks for sharing. Happy to follow you here in addition to facebook.

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    1. Glad you like it!! I am following you as well :)

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  2. I love roasted tomato sauce. I grow my own tomatoes too but this year I didn't grow as many. Our peppers sure did do well this year though.

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    1. I did jalapeno and serrano peppers. My jalapenos didn't do very well, but the serranos did great AND the second batch all grew out red so they were hot hot HOT!!

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  3. I think I might be able to pull this off - I haven't really done anything like this but I want to give it a try - seems sooo yummy!

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    1. It is yummy and so easy! I hope you give it a try :)

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  4. I love the thought of the dough having the garlic flavor built right into it. I think I could do this and my family loves pizza!

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  5. I am always looking for a great pizza recipe! This dough would be a huge hit in our house!

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  6. I've always wanted to learn how to make Pizza from scratch and with garlic mixed in this is a sure winner. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  7. We make pizza dough all of the time. This looks great!!

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    1. Ya, now that I have my no fail recipe we will be having pizza a LOT!!

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  8. I am so bad with this sort of thing, but this is easy enough that I might actually be able to make this AND have it come out good :)

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  9. We love pizza. I have been searching for a good dough recipe. I seriously try a new one each time we have pizza. You're up next :) Pinned it.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Oh I am sooo excited Dawn!! I can't wait to see what you think!!

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  10. I love how simple this sounds - I often think baking would be so hard :) x

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    1. Trust me, I have had some epic baking fails. This one is so easy!!

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  11. That's great that this is a no fail recipe! I have a recipe for whole wheat pizza dough that uses honey. It really gives the dough a nice flavor. Love the added spices here...must try this recipe!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristi. I hope you do :)

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  12. I have tried to make pizza dough and not much luck :-( So I am going to try this one, it sounds like it just might work for me!!

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  13. We love pizza. I bet the kids would love this dough.

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    1. They would probably like to help make it too :) my daughter still loves to cook with me and she is 21 now!

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  14. Oh that is delicious! I love flavored pizza crusts. This would make an amazing crust for a chicken and garlic pizza!

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    1. That is on our list of pizzas we want to make :)

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  15. I have never tried a flavored dough at home. Why oh why didn't I ever think of that?!!!

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    1. LOL I do that all of the time. See a recipe and then ask myself why I hadn't thought of it before.

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  16. Ha! We just had garlic pizza-ordered out. I would love to make my own! Thanks!

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  17. We love pizza. I have never had garlic dough before though. I am going to give it a try!

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  18. Homemade pizza dough is the greatest and yours sounds fab. YUM!

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    1. Hehehe ya me too. I love garlic in just about anything!

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  20. I agree with you completely that if the crust is not good the whole pizza is ruined. I love making my own pizza dough and having the kids help make pizza. This sounds like a great recipe.

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  21. This look like something I could handle. My family loves pizza and I love garlic. This really does look and sound delicious.

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    1. Thanks Pam. I didn't know how a picture of dough would come out, but I wanted you to be able to see the basil in it :)

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  22. I've been looking for a great dough recipe. Thank you!

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    1. Wonderful! I hope you give this one a try!

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  23. oh, i love making my own pizza dough. i'll have to try this

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    1. Great! Please let me know what you think!!

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  24. I love making pizza, this is a great dough too I do something similar

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  25. My daughter and I love it when we get to do our own pizza!

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    1. I can't wait to have my kids over so we can cook one together!

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  26. YUM! Definitely a great twist from the normal

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    1. Thanks :) I think it definitely gives it a boost.

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  27. Just tried this yesterday. It was excellent!

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    1. Yay!! I am so glad you enjoyed it. We seriously crave it now and I think it will be a once a week thing for a while!!

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