Saturday, June 21, 2014
Pizza Dough Ingredients
2 packets of baking yeast
a pinch of sugar or honey
1 1/4 cups of warm water
3 1/2 cups of flour (I used 1 cup of whole wheat and the rest unbleached)
1 tsp salt
4 T. olive oil
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water by stirring, then let it sit 5-10 minutes while yeast bubbles. Add 1 cup of flour and stir, then add oil and salt, then add the rest of the flour one cup at a time until dough becomes too thick to stir. Begin kneading by hand in the bowl, adding enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your hands but keeping it soft, not stiff.
Place the dough on a floured board or countertop and knead for several minutes until it has a uniform texture. Lightly oil the mixing bowl, then place the dough back in the bowl, cover it with a dish towel, and set it in a warm place to rise.
While the dough is rising, start preparing the sauce and toppings. There really is no preparation for the sauce unless you choose to make your own. I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce and Chipotle Tabasco Sauce. You can use whatever brands you like.
Here's a list of the toppings I used:
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (I used about 12 ounces of this)
Barbecued Beef Brisket from Whole Foods Market (8 oz container, already cut into bite-sized chunks, from their refrigerated meat section)
Fresh Pineapple (about a third of a large pineapple without the core)
Red Onion (about 1/3 of a medium onion, sliced thin)
Red Jalapeno (Fresno) Peppers (I used 4 and de-seeded them)
Cilantro (a handful chopped)
Note: you can use whatever toppings you like, but remember to minimize the water content of them, either by using vegetables with little water content or by cooking them slightly first, or the pizza will get soggy)
Heat the oven to 450 degrees or higher. If you're using a pizza stone or tile, as I highly recommend, you'll want to make sure the stone and oven are heated all the way through before you put the pizza in, or it won't cook properly. Begin slicing and chopping the toppings and place in a bowl.