I have tried to make pizza at home on and off for years but it was never what I wanted in the end. Either it wasn’t the pizzeria taste I was looking for or it was difficult to make. I LOVE fresh baked bread and yeast breads but I am intimidated by yeast. Not only that but when I am trying a recipe out and don’t have anyone there to show me how to do it or the texture that it should be I always get the consistency wrong. I either add too much water or not enough because it’s soo dry here in Arizona. I need simple! So my quest for an easy and delicious pizza dough went on and on and on until I found this one. It is sooo easy! I just dump the ingredients into the mixer and let it go. The recipe calls for rapid rise yeast so there is no dissolving ahead of time. If you don’t have a stand mixer don’t worry, you’ll just need to knead the dough for a few minutes. I did this anyway for a little bit after it came out of the mixer.
It was so easy I made three batches the first time, two for pizza and one for bread sticks. To keep with the easy theme I pulled my dough until it was as thick as I wanted them to be and a rectangle. I topped with my favorite ingredients, baked then sliced into one inch wide strips. We went to town eating these with an amazing pizza sauce I made that I’ll share with you next week.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 envelope rapid rise yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup very warm water (between 120 and 130 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese grated
- Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, and salt together in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
- Mix in water. Add remaining flour and mix until dough pulls from the edge of the bowl.
- Turn dough onto a lightly flour surface, and knead for 4-5 minutes until a smooth, elastic dough is formed.
- Cover dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll or pull out dough to your desired size and shape.
- Grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil. Place dough on pan to cook.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Brush olive oil all over the top of the dough
- Sprinkle rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and salt evenly over the dough.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle dough with Parmesan cheese and return to the oven.
- Continue to check the dough every 5 minutes. Cooking time may take anywhere from 15-25 minutes in total. Once the dough is golden brown around the edges, remove the pan from the oven.
- Transfer cooked dough to a cutting board and cut into 10 breadsticks. Serve with marinara for dipping.
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