Friday, December 19, 2014

James Beard's Pizza Crust

I decided to make pizza on Wednesday, because so much was going on that we needed a quick and easy dinner.  Of course, having carefully read my James Beard Menu Cookbook recently, and having made his outstanding white bread, I recalled that there was a recipe for pizza crust.  James Beard was and is a very trustworthy food creator, and so I decided to give it a whirl.


1 cup warm water
1 tbsp (or 1 packet) yeast*
4 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil

Dissolve the yeast in the water, add the sugar, and then add the flour, salt and olive oil.  Mix according to my yeast bread directions located to the right------->
Let the dough ball rise in a warm place until doubled in size, punch down and split it in half.  Roll out each half to fit a round pizza pan or a small rectangular baking tray; top with your choice of sauce, meat, vegetables and/or cheese.  Sprinkle oregano over the top and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake at 400F until browned, 20 to 25 minutes.

*Note that I used double the amount of yeast so my dough would rise faster - in about 15 minutes.  Also note that I multiplied the recipe by 1.5 so I could make 2 large trays of pizza.  Ryan's home from college, after all, and he is hungry.

The boys received this pizza very enthusiastically.  My dearly beloved declared this to be my best pizza crust ever.  And, all of the leftovers were gone before dinner Thursday.  Case closed; James Beard wins again!

Happy Friday, everyone!  Time to start working on my holiday menus!


altadenahiker said...

How much instant rise yeast would you use?

altadenahiker said...

Oops, I mean Rapid Rise.

Nellie said...

Yum! This makes me ready for pizza!

Pam Greer said...

Nothing better than home made pizza!

~~louise~~ said...

Yippee for James Beard and Marjie's Pizza Dough!!!

I was just reading an article on how pizza dough makes a great dough for pita bread. I've been on quite a pita dough kick as of late (with lots of hummus of course:) So, I may just be making my very own pita/pizza dough soon. Now, I have the two best pizza crust cooks to ask for help!!!

Thanks for sharing, Marjie...Menu? I can hardly wait:)

Sue said...

I make pizza dough in my bread machine. Rob loves to trim it with all his favorites. You know how little boys are.

SissySees said...

Oooh, thanks Marjie. We love homemade pizza too, and I've been on THE crust search for years. I'll have to try this recipe... in a couple of weeks.

Big Dude said...

You are doing james Beard proud, especially when you get "Best Ever" comments.