Saturday, January 15, 2011

How to Mix Pizza Crust in a Food Processor

Mixing doughs in a food processor can be a great time-saver, if you know the correct order to add the ingredients.(The amount for the recipe that I use will be in parentheses.)

Begin by pouring in your warm water. (1 cup)

Add your honey, or sugar depending on recipe, and salt. (2Tablespoons honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt) & run on low for about 5-15 seconds depending on the motor of your processor.

Add your yeast. (2 Tablespoons) Blend for another 10 second or so until dissolved.

Add 1 cup of your flour. (my recipe uses 3 1/2 c TOTAL) and blend for 10-20 second until thoroughly combined.

Add your (olive) oil, (1/4 cup of olive oil in mine), and process for about 10 more seconds until no more oil can be seen.

Add the rest of your flour. (The other 2 1/2 cups if using mine) Pulse until the dough just comes together in a ball. DO NOT over-process, your machine cannot handle kneading dough this thick. I don't care what the box says, I don't care if it came with a DOUGH BLADE. It is a BIG-FAT-LIAR. I promise. Your machine will hate you.

Knead your dough, with your hands...for about a minute or two, it will be stretchy, soft and smooth. Put your dough ball into a lightly greased bowl (olive oil) to rise for 45 minutes, covered with greased plastic wrap. (non-stick spray)

Dough hiney...45 minute rise

In about 45 minutes your dough will be about doubled in size, punch it down- then let rise for 1- 1 1/2 hours more. I usually make two batches. (One at a time...)

Dough abuse...
Ready to go 1 1/2 hours later

Two-year-olds make beautiful pizzas!