I have used the same pizza dough recipe for years, discovered in the recipe book which accompanied my breadmaker, a sweet gift from Jay during one of our earliest Christmases together. While I have made this recipe many times, last night was the first time I included fresh minced garlic as a topping, and IMHO this simple addition put this humble, home-made pizza over the top. So, so yummy. I am sitting here gobbling a leftover piece that tastes delicious after just a short zap in the microwave.
If you have a breadmaker, and five minutes to spare, you too can throw this dough recipe together, turn on the machine, and go get the kids from afternoon carpool. Or spend a little over an hour folding laundry or whatever. At any rate, once this dough is mixed and has risen, get ready to make yourself a couple of delicious pizzas. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup plus 2 Tbs water (I often use some skim milk for part of the liquid)
2 Tbs olive or vegetable oil
3 cups flour
3 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Place ingredients in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Select Dough/Manual cycle.
Move oven rack to lowest position. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Divide dough in half, patting each half into a 12 inch circle on cookie sheet with floured fingers. Add pizza toppings…
I drizzle virgin olive oil around the edge of the crust and rub it in a little. Then I spoon a bit of tomato sauce all over. Add toppings – don’t forget the fresh minced garlic!! – and finish it off with your favorite combination of pizza cheeses: mozzarella, parmesan, romano, feta??
Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes till crust is light brown and cheese is melty and golden.