Dec 23, 2013

Really quick home-made pizza

I buy my pizza dough from Trader Joes. I love it, it's so convenient - thaw, flatten, toppings on, bake. But last week I forgot to to replenish my stock. A quick google search sent me to this Allrecipes pizza crust recipe. No rising time? SWEET!
So I set out to make this dough and I promise you, it tastes a tad better than the frozen dough. You completely control the ingredients, so I added a little garlic and basil to my dough and it was so beautiful and so tasty.


All purpose flour - 2.5 cups
Instant/Active yeast - 0.25 ounce
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1 teaspoon
Olive oil - 2 tablespoon
Water - 1 cup
Dried basil/oregano flakes - 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon

Pizza sauce

Method :

1. If using active yeast, dissolve in the warm water along with sugar and keep aside.

2. Sift flour and salt together. Add the oil and water and mix to form a smooth, soft dough.

3. I let the dough rest for 30 minutes though the original recipe only calls for 5 minutes.

4. Flatten on a pizza stone (I used my cast iron skillet)

5. Bake for 5 minutes alone, add toppings and bake for 10 minutes, add cheese and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Check on the pizza to avoid a burnt base.

There you have it. A pizza at home in under an hour.

This is not a thin crust artisan pizza. The crust is chewy and soft but my husband loves it that way, so good for me. This works perfectly for a quick, at-home, filling dinner.

I have been on a cooking kick lately, mostly because I started meal planning and it's so efficient and reduces my stress a lot. It was my new year's resolution but I started it a couple of weeks early just to get into a routine. I have been loving it and would highly recommend it if thinking up a meal is really stressful to you. I will try to put up a post with my weekly meal plan.

So how do you manage your time in the kitchen efficiently? Do you meal plan? Prep in advance? Freeze your meals? Any other tips? Do share!!

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