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Family Fun: Super Quick Pizza Dough

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Posted by : Sue Riedl, Fri, Jun 29 2012

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 I have a “gourmet” pizza dough recipe that promises the best pizza dough ever. But it takes hours of rising time to develop flavour. And some days when I need a quick meal, pizza springs to mind at the last minute.

Pizza

RECIPE: Pizza Dough
Fills one cookie sheet or one 14"-16" pizza tray

Ingredients
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 packet quick-rise yeast
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp olive oil

So, I asked my friend Tania for her recipe — straight from her Italian Aunt Nadia. It’s fast, easy and always delicious. When I say “fast”? I made the pizza in these pictures starting at 5:12 pm and had to leave for Felix’s soccer at 6:15 pm; everything was done, including clean-up.

Pizza_Recipe

Put 2½ cups all-purpose flour into a medium bowl.

Pizza_Flour

Add one packet of quick-rise yeast. Mix into the flour and then add ¾ teaspoon salt. Mix again.

Pizza_Salt

To the dry mixture, add 1 cup warm water (stick in your finger, to test — you just want it body temperature) and 2 tablespoons olive oil. I add the oil to the water and then add all the liquid at once. With a spatula, mix the wet and dry till the dough starts coming together. You may have to add a few more drops of water, to use up all the flour — but you don’t want this too wet.

Pizza_Mixing

Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for 3-5 minutes, until it is soft and smooth. Add flour if it is a bit sticky. (Auntie Nadia’s recipe says 5 full minutes, but I can get it down to 3 min if I just knead hard and fast!)

Pizza_Kneading

Rest the dough 10 minutes (cover with tea towel or saran wrap). While dough is resting, preheat oven to 450°F. Grab some simple toppings. I used store-bought pesto, cheddar and prosciutto we had in the fridge.

Pizza_Dough_Ball

Using your hands, stretch out the dough into a rectangle (for a baking tray) or a circle. Lightly oil the surface of the tray before putting dough down.

Pizza_Dough_Rolled

Place the pizza into the oven on the lowest rack and bake for 10-15 minutes. Yes, that is quite a range, but it really depends on your oven and how many toppings are on the pizza. You want the dough browning — golden brown — on the sides and bottom.

Pizza_Overhead

Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Meanwhile, pat yourself on the back. Homemade pizza, you rock!

Pizza_Side

What are your own fast homemade pizza tips? Can you beat one hour?

Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 3-year-old.


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