Sometimes, you get stuck - immersed - in an activity and you think if you leave to do something else, you will never pick up the same momentum. On those days, when your in the garden and the grumblings of your kids stomachs are loud (and you haven't even begun to think about what you are making for dinner) try this pizza....especially when you can throw in some freshly picked goodies from the garden! I promise you, with this awesome recipe for the fastest pizza dough you will ever make, it will be done before you can dial "967- 11......."
3 c all purpose flour
1 c semolina flour*
1/2 c fine cornmeal*
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 3/4c beer**
3 tbsp olive oil
* you can substitute both for all purpose flour (as log as you get roughly 4 1/2 c in total...but the semolina gives the dough good strength and the cornmeal gives it good texture)
**the beer is key for a fast rise, so I always try to keep a bottle in the pantry...if you only have one in the fridge, microwave it for 20 seconds on high (best if it's not cold to work with the yeast)
whatever toppings you have hangin' out in the fridge/pantry/cellar (see below for my "go-to" items)
1. Throw all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl...mix for a minute.
2. Add beer and oil and mix for another minute; then change to a dough hook and mix until it all comes together (about 10-12 min)...this is key because this will replace the kneading! If you don't have a dough hook, you can do this all by hand...just knead for about 10 minutes to get the gluten working.
3. Keep in in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap; put on the cooktop while you are pre-heating the oven (set at 450). If you have a pizza stone, now is the time to put it in the oven (it works best if it heats up with the oven). If you don't, just use a cookie sheet.
7. As mentioned in #5, you can bake the pizza for about 10 minutes first and then add the cheese (or bake a total of 12-15 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the bottom of the pizza is getting some colour).
8. You can enjoy the pizza it comes out of the oven, or if you're like me, place your salad on top of the pizza, fold in half and eat it quick before the crust gets a chance to get soggy!