Hello to you! A couple of housekeeping issues I need to address before we get to the recipe today.
First off, I wanted to thank so many of you for entering the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker giveaway. I loved reading the comments and learning what you have enjoyed doing this summer. I had to smile to myself when I noticed a common thread among the comments. It seems almost everyone loved spending time with family and/or friends, in some way or another. In fact I don’t think there was a single comment that said “The best part of my summer was when I sat quiet and lonely all by myself with no one around for days and days on end”. At least, I didn’t notice one. Life would be pretty dull and boring if there were no one special to love and share it with…as you all reminded me of in your comments. It’s the people that makes life great! Thanks for that reminder. You guys rock.
The winner of the giveaway (chosen at random by MyHandsomeHusband picking a number between 1 and 925) is #729 Katie! Congratulations! I will contact you today to gather up your mailing address.
Second, there seems to be some random code that has been placed on my site, unbeknownst to me that plays an audio commercial or YouTube snippet. If you have been hearing weird voices on my site, you are not crazy and I do apologize. The issue is being looked in to and I am hoping to have the voices gone by the end of the day. Thanks for your patience in this matter.
Now, let’s move on forward to the recipe.
Do you want to make pizza from start to finish in 30 minutes?
I thought you might.
I have a great Pizza Dough recipe living and breathing here in my archives. I love it and use it frequently. However, it needs to rise for quite some time before it is shaped, loaded with toppings and baked. My friend Cindi mentioned having a recipe that can be made much faster. Faster is good, don’t you think? Especially when dinner is involved. I had a sneaking suspicion you all would feel the same way. As it turns out, Cindi’s pizza crust is fantastic and really does come together quickly.
Let me show you how to make it happen.
30 Minute Pizza Crust
Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 (12 inch) pizzas
Recipe from my wonderful friend Cindi Schut
1 C warm water
1 T sugar
1 T yeast (I use Active Dry Yeast)
1 t salt
3 T vegetable or canola oil
2 1/2 – 3 C flour
Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe found here
2-3 C mozzarella, grated
Toppings of your choice
1. Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees.
2. Fill up a glass measuring cup with 1 cup of warm water and add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Add 1 tablespoon of yeast…
and stir it in until the yeast and sugar have dissolved.
Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until it bubbles up nicely for you.
3. Prepare the Homemade Pizza Sauce and slice up your topping while you wait for the yeast to foam up.
4. Pour the foamy water mixture into your stand mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt…
and 3 tablespoons of oil.
5. Add 1 cup of flour and mix on low for 30 seconds.
While the mixer is on, add the rest of the flour. You need between 2 1/2 – 3 cups total. Watch the dough while it mixes. When it begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, you have enough flour. Another way to tell if you have enough flour, is by touching the dough. If it sticks like crazy to your finger, you need more flour. Once you have enough, let it mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
6. Spread a bit of olive oil on your pizza pans or stones with your fingers. You can also use a large cookie sheet. No need to rush out and buy special pans. While your fingers and hands have a bit of oil on them, remove the dough from the bowl and shape it into two equal balls. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Please don’t be tempted to skip the “dough resting” step. It will be much harder to roll out if you don’t give it a chance to rest. While you wait you can finish chopping any toppings you are going to use or complete the Homemade Pizza Sauce.
7. Roll each dough ball out into a thin crust. If you like your crust a bit thicker, roll it less to make a smaller pizza.
Cover each pizza with Homemade Pizza Sauce…
2-3 cups mozzarella cheese…
and whatever toppings suit your fancy. I chose ham, pineapple, green peppers and red onions.
8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown along the bottom.
Cut and enjoy!