Sunday nights are one of the only nights that Ricky has off of work, so we always make a big dinner. Ricky loves to cook, but it just turns out that I am the main chef in the family because of this schedule.
Last Sunday I was catching up on my magazines and I saw a recipe for an olive oil pizza crust in Family Fun magazine. I really wanted to try it, since we planned on making pizza, but I knew it was going be hard to convince Ricky. He is half Italian and originally from Chicago. When he makes pizza, he uses a family recipe that you don't mess with. It's amazing, but I like to switch things up.
After much coaxing, we decided to try this out. I will say, this is the BEST CRUST EVER! Of course, Ricky is still up in the air about it ...but I would have to say his clean plate said it all.
Yes, making your own crust takes some time. But it will be worth it! The next day, I made a double batch using the Kitchen Aid and now we have 4 crusts waiting for us in the freezer. I would recommend doing the same!
Olive Oil Crust (aka BEST CRUST EVER!)
From: September 2012 Family Fun magazine
Ingredients: (Makes 2 large crusts or 4 mini)
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for the bowl
- 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), stir together water, yeast and sugar. Set aside until foamy and bubbling (5-6 minutes). Stir in olive oil.
- Here's where it gets fun. Choose which way you're going: mixer or muscle (aka hands).
- In a MIXER: add 3 1/4 cups of flour and salt to the bowl. Using the hook attachment, mix everything at medium speed. Knead for 5 minutes
- With your hands (use those muscles!): Stir in 3 1/4 cups of flour and salt and mix with a wooden spoon, or hands. Sprinkle a dry surface with flour and knead the dough until it is soft (about 10 minutes). If it's really sticky , add more flour.
- If you want to freeze it, punch it down and wrap tightly in plastic
Here's how ours turned out:
What are your favorite toppings for a pizza?