Okay folks, I finally got a post together and it’s FUN! It’s PIZZA!
Followed my craving yet again but wanted to opt for more control of my ingredients. While in Costco recently a fella was on line in front of me with 20 of the hugest bags of flour ever made (yup, that’s Costco for you — everything done BIG!).
I read the label and yup, sure enough, bleached white flour. Previously read that actual chemical bleach is used to strip away vital nutrients and create the white appearance. I mentioned this to the guy who was making the purchase for his friend’s pizzaria. He was startled, as I was when I researched it.
So yes, that $1 NY pizza we all love, I’m sure uses the least expensive ingredients including bleached flour. Many baked goods (yum!) are also made with it.
I used a simple recipe of olive oil, yeast, wheat and white (unbleached) flour and then watched it grow…
BEFORE OVEN OUT OF THE OVEN
How you like your toppings is all on you.
Me, I love vegetables and I added sweet peppers, onions, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, low-fat cheeses and this amazing eggplant garlic spread I found at Trader Joe’s. I was never really a tomato sauce lover so this was a nice option for the base.
Ingredients — Dough
3/4 whole wheat flour
3/4 C white flour
1 t salt
pinch of sugar
1 T olive oil
1/2 – 2/3 C of warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 t of dry yeast
Process for making the dough:
Mix the olive oil and the water; combine the dry ingredients except for the yeast; add the yeast in the center of the dry ingredients then add the water and olive oil mixture; mix with hands, careful not to add too much water; when dough is mixed till smooth and no longer sticky, place in a greased bowl, cover and let sit in a warm dry spot for 45 minutes. When it has enlarged, knead and roll out onto a the back of a greased baking sheet; add your topping and bake at 400F for about 20 minutes.
Find your personal favorite pizza dough recipe and then add whatever toppings you like! Simple and FUN!