I made my pizza dough last night, the yeast started foaming up and everything was text-book however today when it came time to rise the dough and stretch it well it didn’t go as well as the last batch of dough did. The last Pizza challenge night actually had stretchier dough. Okay shredded cheese was not on sale this week and I did not have any bulk shredded cheese in the freezer so I had to buy mozzarella in a block a total of $3.55 but I only used half of it for a total of approx $1.28. We had pepperoni and italian sausage on hand already so those were affordable additions but lets just add about 50 cents for the pepperoni since I still have a huge bag and about $3.00 for the Italian Sausage I picked up and the crust is only about .40 cents per pizza. Each pizza cost about $1.40….okay so for frugal pizza this pizza was really good but I still can’t post the recipe because one it didn’t have that “aaaaah” factor like we just went to the best pizza restaurant.
I considered tonight that this challenge could take a very long time. Now this crust was much tastier however I don’t know if it was me or the recipe but the crust did not stretch out enough on my pans….I think the recipe said to break it down into 4 dough balls and I should have separated them probably into 2 balls. The other issue is that this recipe is specifically formulated for a pizza stone and I did not use my pizza stone. We will try another recipe soon and I will continue to learn new processes.
The family voted unanimously that this pizza was much better than the last attempt….they liked the flavor of the crust much better but said the texture was still not perfect. For me it was so much better that I was just relieved that I am not on a quest for the impossible its just going to take time.
The funny thing about pizza dough recipes is that they are all variations on the same ingredients which are:
flour, oil, salt, water and yeast
However all the recipes I am finding vary greatly on proportions, methods, etc.. and some even have a few additions such as sugar, honey, or kosher salt. Some mention using the dough hook in your mixer, some mention using a food processor and some recommend mixing by hand.
Looking forward to another Friday Night Pizza Challenge night next week! We are not going to give up!
Thanks for stopping by our Lil’ Suburban Homestead! I am heading up to our varsity football game to work the concession stand….See you soon!