Sunday, July 17, 2011

Homemade Deep Dish Pizzas

On Sundays I like to make dishes that involve Nate. It is one day that we get to cook together, and I really enjoy that. I feel like pizza is a fun dish and I don't know why I don't make it more often. I saw this recipe over at Kimmy's Kitchen. I didn't change a single thing. This recipe is by far the best homemade pizza we've made! Enjoy!

2 1/3 – 3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 cup warm milk
2 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. olive oil

In your mixer combine the flour, salt, and yeast. Mix well. In a separate bowl combine warm milk, sugar and olive oil. While your mixer is on low, slowly pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Let the machine knead the dough for 5 minutes. Put in a greased bowl and let rise. After dough has doubled in size put dough on lightly floured surface and divide in half. Roll each half into a 7 inch circle. Place over your knuckles moving the dough around in a circle so that the middle is thinner than the sides. Put 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in the bottom of pan. Spread the olive oil evenly throughout the pan. Place the dough into an 8" or 9" cake pan and press out to the sides of the pan, trying to avoid getting the oil on top of the dough. You need enough so that it will fry the bottom of the dough. Let the dough rise 10 minutes. Then put on your favorite toppings. Bake on bottom rack of oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

*Just for reference- my dough took just over an hour to double in size. I was really nervous cooking the pizzas on the bottom rack, but they were perfectly cooked at 20 minutes. So good!

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