Basic Pizza Dough

pizza dough Last night while in deep though I realized that most of the food that my children eat is 98% homemade. We occasionally eat at restaurants for special occasions but as my children are getting older they are asking that I cook instead. I asked Elise, my soon to be 6 year old if she would like to dine out for her birthday and she asked if I could just cook all of her favorite meals. No way am I complaining because I love to cook and I know that what I am cooking for them is much more healthier than what I can purchase at any restaurant. They only notice other food when we are in the grocery store and one question continued to stay with me. Eden asked, “Mom what is a hot pocket” how can a 4 year old not know what a hot pocket is? I had to google hot pocket (don’t ever do that without safe search) and show her exactly what it is. Then my kids wanted to know if I would make them one. Of course I could! I am excited that they are asking me to cook and are planning menus. So to start with a homemade hot pocket you have to start out with a basic pizza dough. Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope of instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, heated to 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Directions 1. Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball. 2. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes. Some people argue over active or instant yeast and then there is rapid rise. I have used them all and haven’t noticed much change in the texture. Some people do, however I do not. I also noted using a mixer in this recipe but you can just mix by hand which I do on occasion. It’s much easier to have a mixer with stand with this recipe. Thanks for reading my blog and allowing me to share my food journal with you. Nobody makes you angry, you decide to use anger as a response. To live life in anger is allowing a person to control you.

5 Comments

  1. Mostly Cloudy
    Mar 1, 2014

    Nice, with this recipe you have the beginnings of many different dishes.

    • Erica
      Mar 1, 2014

      I am starting on them now! Stay tuned for the next post.

  2. Mostly Cloudy
    Mar 1, 2014

    Also I am sure it is pleasing to you to be able to satisfy your children’s curiosity without resorting processed food.

    • Erica
      Mar 1, 2014

      I am proud. It makes me happy to hear them ask me to make something instead of buying pre-packaged food. I am excited to make hot pockets today!

      • Mostly Cloudy
        Mar 1, 2014

        That is awesome. I’ll be staying tuned to your site for the finished product.

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