This quarter of school, I have a class called Family and Consumer Sciences. In this class, one of our units is culinary arts also known as making food. This is one the favorite units of all the kids taking the class, because it involves food that you can eat. In each grade, there are about 4 different foods that they will make during that unit. In 8th grade, we have more “labs” (I’ll call them), but some of them are less work than others. Taking into consideration that making microwave popcorn and comparing it with others takes less work than creating a yeast dough pizza. Which brings me to my point, that this week we are starting to create a yeast dough pizza. Yesterday, we worked in our kitchen groups to create some dough with flour, yeast, salt, etc. Today, we were supposed to prepare and bake our pizza, but our schools were closed due to “inclement” weather. The dough that we made looked perfect, and I hope it doesn’t get too messed up for being in a refrigerator for 4 days, but I guess we’ll see.
I have made homemade dough and pizza at home before using a recipe that I don’t quite remember, but the recipe that we used at school was a little different. Listed below is the recipe for creating the dough and how to bake the pizza after the dough has risen.
Yeast Dough + Pizza Recipe
- Measure 1 1/4 cups flour into a large mixing bowl.
- Measure 1/4 teaspoon salt and place in the mixing bowl with flour.
- Add 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast to the mixing bowl. Stir.
- Measure 1/2 cup water in liquid measuring cup.
- Measure 1 tablespoon cooking oil and add to water.
- Add water and oil to flour mixture.
- Stir with wooden spoon until all ingredients are blended. Add in additional flour (if needed), stirring until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Sprinkle about 1/4 cup flour on a sheet of wax paper on the counter top. Spread it around.
- Flour hands and turn dough out onto wax paper. Knead dough 4-6 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky and becomes smooth.
- Lightly spray a smaller mixing bowl with cooking oil spray.
- Place dough in bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
- Place bowl in refrigerator or on counter if you want a faster rise.
- Gather the bowl with dough in it.
- Preheat oven to 475.
- Spray pizza pan lightly with cooking oil spray
- Remove dough from bowl and place on pizza pan. Using fingers, press dough out to the edges of the pan, building up a rim around the edges.
- Spread pizza sauce over dough using a spoon.
- Sprinkle a desired amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over sauce.
- Add additional toppings.
- Place pizza pan on the bottom rack of the oven. Set kitchen timer for 12 minutes.
- After the time is up, check the pizza. If it is baked to your liking, remove pizza from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- Slice pizza with a pizza cutter.
- Serve with a spatula.