You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough for six. ~ Yogi Berra
There’s nothing odd about my family’s undying love for pizza, especially homemade pizza. My mother hooked us when we were young using this pizza dough recipe and now we (my parents, siblings, their spouses & children) gather occasionally for a personal pan pizza party. Mom provides the dough and toppings and the rest of us – creativity, voracious appetites & hands to chow and help clean up the mess. I see some ‘personal pan’ kid’s parties in our future. And a few for the adults too.
Mom’s French Bread Pizza Dough
Note: This makes a very large batch of dough. If you do not use it all for pizza, you can shape it into loaves for french bread.
2 pkg. or 2 T yeast
1 T. oil
1 T. honey
2 1/2 c. warm water
Stir above ingredients in bowl and allow to set until yeast dissolves and foams.
6 1/2 – 8 c. flour
1 T. salt.
Begin stirring/kneading in flour and add salt. Knead until dough feels smooth & elastic (no longer sticky). Once dough is smooth, form into ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. You can rub a little oil on the top if you want. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled. If you used regular yeast, allow approx. an hour; instant yeast, approx. 1/2 hour. Punch bread and then form into pizza pans of your size and crust preference. We rubbed a little olive oil on the crust & pricked it with a fork (to avoid air pockets) before adding our toppings.
We cooked each pizza at 500-degrees for 10-15-minutes using pie pans. If you wanted an extra crispy crust, you could pre-cook the crust for 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool before adding toppings.
© Amy Carpenter @ Afternoon Popcorn Snack
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