my kitchen aid has seen better days. but i use that thing every day...you think i'm kidding. my maiden name is baker, so i guess it's in my jeans or something. like, literally, in my jeans. my pants are filling out and my no-butt is becoming more of a butt. to add insult to injury, my husband likes to dry my jeans on high heat...so not cool, babe. i'm doing all sorts of front and side lunges(i've been trying some kicks as well just for good measure) when i put my too-tight pants on....ya know, so as to loosen them up before going into public looking like my buttocks is having a wedgie for a snack. i know, this is all appetizing....especially when i'm about to drop a recipe on this here blog. rest assured, my older sister(karletta jean) will let me know if i crossed the line with the above statements.
anyway, you know those commercials where pizza places advertise they'll make your pizza into the shape of a heart on valentines day? well i thought that was way chees...i mean cute, so i gave it a try. now, i don't generally like thin crust. who would like a saltine cracker with sauce and cheese on it? uh, not me. i'd rather carb load and get a little more junk in my trunk. join me, won't you?
so here is my recipe for glorious thick pizza dough(it'll take you 5 minutes...try it):
1 cup warm water
1/2 tbsp yeast
1tbsp sugar or honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
2-3 cups flour
1)pour warm water and yeast into kitchen aid bowl and stir to dissolve. then throw in the sugar and salt. stir to dissolve.
2) add olive oil
3) put your dough hook(looks like a "C") attachment on and put it on speed 2.
4) add flour 1/2 cup at a time. this is the tricky part. basically, keep adding flour until your finger isn't sticking horribly to it.
5) take the dough out and spray pam in the bowl. then put the dough back in the bowl to let rise for 20 minutes with a towel covering it.
*if you want a thinner crust, separate into 2 balls. the dough will be sad though.
6) roll the dough out on a floured counter top and transfer to an oiled pan. i like to roll the sides over to make sure my crust is ridiculously big.
7) add toppings. bake on 400 for 10 minutes.