I like easy cooking. I’m not a natural cook and am learning to do more, but right now I still like it easy.
I think I have a problem with the unstructuredness (did I just make that word up?) of cooking. I never seem to get the same meal to taste the same way twice. I like structure, that might be why I was always good at math (up until pre-cal and trig, then math lost me). I guess now that I think of it – even though I like to cook, I prefer to bake. You have to go by the recipe or it won’t turn out right. There is structure – there are rules.
So I was happy when I found a recipe that let me have my structure and still be creative. Homemade pizza. I found the easiest recipe in a cookbook that I originally got when I lived in Germany~ Basic Cooking ~ When I moved back to the states, I left the German version of this book with my ex (casualty of a dead relationship). I soon decided I needed to find it over here – and I did – in English, so that I wouldn’t have to do any converting of C to F and grams to oz etc.
Well in this handy dandy little book is the easiest pizza dough recipe out there…..
its just :
2 cups flour
1 packet quick rising yeast (or if you’re like me and buy the jar it’s 2 1/4 tsp)
a generous pinch of salt
1/4 olive oil
and 1/2 cup warm water
mix it all together, cover and let rise 45 minutes. Then you just roll it out, add the toppings and bake at 475F for 20 – 25 min.
Now if you want to make your life even easier and not have to use the oven (very good to know for those hot summer months!!) whip out your Pizzazz ~ yes, thats right the frozen pizza making machine ~ and make it on there. The recipe is good for 2 thin crust pizzas that fit on the Pizzaz platter. I’ve found it actually bakes faster this way – the pizza will be ready in about 12 – 15 min, depending on how you like your crust and cheese.
There you have it – homemade pizza – It’s become a monday night football staple in our house. And yes I do cook it on the Pizzazz most of the time, because we like the individual pizza’s.