Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Waiting For The Rise

As in life some things, like bread and pizza crust, just need a little bit of time to be their best. We made a variation of the recipe below for our pizza dough this weekend - best crust we've made! Yes, like in life, sometimes you have to be willing to wait for "it" because it's worth it! "Patience is a virtue," and indeed, "Good things come to those who wait."

Ingredients For Basic Pizza Dough:
3 3/4 cups bread flour
2 1/2 teaspoons instant or other active yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar plus a pinch
1 1/3 cups water (room temperature about 72 degrees)

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, and sugar. Add the water and, using a wooden spoon or your hand, mix until blended, at least 30 seconds. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature until the dough has more than doubled in size - about 2 hours.

2. Using a bowl scraper or rubber spatula, remove the dough from the bowl onto a floured work surface. Gently form into a rough ball. Then divide the dough into two halves spacing them 4 inches apart, and cover both with a moistened kitchen towel for 30 minutes.

3. Gently roll your dough into circular desired pizza shape. Use cornmeal for transfer from the wooden paddle to the preheated stone. Can cook in the oven or on the grill.

Source: My Bread, Adapted from Jim Lahey, Co.

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