When I first began this blog over a year ago I posted a recipe inspired by my favorite pizza from Zinc Cafe. I suggested that the pizza be made using Trader Joe’s Pizza dough for $1.99. Times have changed greatly since I posted the recipe… I have begun baking my own bread, simmering my own chicken stock, and making pasta from scratch… so naturally I now make my own pizza dough! It honestly is one of the easiest things in the world to whip up, and it’s a great crowd pleaser for parties. The recipe is taken from Saveur’s reporting of pizza inspired by Pizzeria Mozza in LA.
1/2 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
In a bowl, combine the olive oil, yeast, sugar, salt and warm water: let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour to make a dough. Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 10 minutes). Cut the dough in half and roll each portion into a ball. Put the balls on a floured baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let sit in a warm place until soft and tripled in size (about 2-3 hours).
Once the dough is made your options for pizza toppings are limitless! The pizza in the photo had cooked simple tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, pitted black olives and prociutto crudo. MMMM. Enjoy!