Herbed Pizza Dough – And the Pizza made with it!

20160302_175716My daughter bought me a Kitchen Aid Mixer for Christmas. It’s something I’ve wanted for longer than she’s ever been alive, but I just couldn’t ever justify the price. Well, let me tell you! I finally broke it out today because the kiddo is about to move out and she wanted me to make her something with my very expensive Christmas gift… Way back when, before she can even remember, I used to make homemade pizza all the time. When I went low-carb, I quit making things like pizza dough and bread.

I never knew making a yeast dough would be THIS MUCH easier with the Kitchen Aid! No kneading by hand. What a revelation. I’m probably preaching to the choir since I think I might be the only home cook who enjoys cooking who didn’t own one till I’m middle aged, but I love the thing!

So I pulled out my old recipe, and doubled it – I always did this before, too, because I make a BIG pizza when I go through the trouble to actually make it – though knowing it’s so much easier now I might have to do it more often. Here’s the original recipe, not doubled. It makes a “normal” size (med-large) pizza. First directions are for making it by hand. Second directions is with the Kitchen Aid.

  • 1 pkg dry yeast (I use Fleischmann’s because I find it the best)

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    Raised dough

  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tblsp Olive Oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tblsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tblsp dried Oragano
  • 1/2 Tblsp dried Basil
  1. In a large bowl, proof yeast with sugar in 1/3 cup warm water for 10 min or until foamy.
  2. Stir in an additional 1/3 cup warm water.
  3. Add oil, flour, and all seasonings.
  4. Knead 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

OR

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Toppings

In the Kitchen Aid bowl.

  1. proof yeast with sugar in 1/3 cup warm water for 10 min or until foamy.
  2. Stir in an additional 1/3 cup warm water.
  3. Add oil, flour, and all seasonings.
  4. With the dough hook, on setting 1 mix for about 2 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  5. On setting 2 mix for about 4 minutes until it’s elastic and it has cleaned the sides of the bowl.THEN:
  1. Grease mixing bowl (I use olive oil spray)
  2. Remove dough from mixer and put in greased mixing bowl, turning to coat with oil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 hour until double size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Punch down.
  5. Form into pizzas on greased pan. I just squish it out by hand. Can make it as thick or thin as you want.
  6. Bake 10-15 min (depending on thickness – we like it on the thinner side, so 10 does it.
  7. Turn oven up to 425 degrees.
  8. Add toppings.
  9. Bake again until cheese is bubbly. Last 3-5 minutes can be done under the broiler.

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Any toppings are fine. We like pasta sauce, pepperoni, sausage (fried beforehand), onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers and some Roma tomatoes, Motz, Parmesan, and sharp cheddar.

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