Saturday, June 15, 2013

Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

Tried roasting red peppers for the first time. They came out really well and added a great taste to the pizzas. Used my latest dough recipe. I start these on the stove top in a cast iron pan and just lightly brown the crust. I then put it into a 500F oven in the cast iron pan until the cheese is nicely melted and a little brown. You get a nice crispy crust. Give it a try.

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2  cups all-purpose flour


1.In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar or you can try using honey (1 tablespoon) in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.

2.Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.

3.Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Roll out the dough. I use a knuckle technique.

4.Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.  If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it. I start mine out on the stove top in a cast iron pan. So far this has been the most successful. I then finish it off in the oven.

5.Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes

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