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Pizza Crust Fast2eat

Pizza Crust Fast2eat

Preparing a pizza can have different levels of difficulty and preparation time. Besides, of course, a wide variety of topping options. Mozzarella cheese is basic. In my opinion, all pizza should have it. Makes 2 pizzas (pizzas de 35cm (14" or 12" thicker )
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Waiting time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 16 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Attach the kneading blade to the Bread Maker pan.
  • Place all ingredients in a bread machine in the order listed (or specified for your bread maker).
  • Carefully insert the bread pan into the Bread Maker and gently close the lid. Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.
  • Select the “Dough” or "Pizza" setting. Press “Start/Stop”.
  • Check the dough consistency during the kneading cycle. If needed, add more flour or liquid.
  • When the machine signals (after 1 hour and 30 minutes), the dough is finished. Press “Start/Stop.”
  • When the dough setting finishes, gently remove the dough and divide it into two balls.

Do not let the pizza dough rise for too long at room temperature. Over-proofing can easily ruin your pizza.

  • Once you remove the dough from the bread pan, shape it immediately or put it covered in the refrigerator (better option – see notes) or freeze it.

Allow the pizza dough to rise in the refrigerator (optional but recommended - see notes)

  • When the dough rises slowly in the refrigerator, it enhances flavour and texture. It’s even better if you make it a day before.
  • Fold the dough according to instructions and let it rise slowly in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours (Or in the freezer for more extended periods).
    How to fold the dough
  • Put it in an airtight container and place the dough in the fridge for preparation the day after. You can also use a self-sealing plastic bag. All you need is to oil the surface of the bag. It should also be large enough to accommodate the rising dough in the refrigerator. So, make sure you leave a space for a 10% buffer.
  • Just after withdrawing the dough from the fridge, it is advisable to warm it to room temperature before baking.

Shaping the dough

  • For best results, let the dough rest for about 30 minutes until it gets up to room temperature (21°C/70°F) and rises a bit.
  • Shape each piece of the dough into a ball. It is easier to roll out a circle by starting with a ball!
  • Roll out the dough with a dusted rolling pin on a parchment paper sheet or a silicone mat and pull it into shape.
  • Note: If your dough is elastic, allow the dough to rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.
  • Put it on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or sprayed with olive oil. Dust with cornmeal.
  • Then use your fingers or hands to spread the dough to the edges of a pizza pan. And you are ready to top it.

For a thin and crispy crust, add the sauce, cheese, and toppings and immediately get it into the oven.

    For a thick and chewy crust (but still crispy on the bottom), brush the crust with oil. Cover and let the dough stand for about 15 minutes until almost doubled in size.

      Topping

      • Spread pizza sauce (Tomato and/or Basil Pesto) over the dough.
      • Sprinkle toppings over the sauce - At least 200g (0.5LB) of mozzarella cheese on each pizza.
      • For inspiration, take a look at these Pizza Toppings Suggestions.

      Baking the pizza

      • Note: Bake in a hot oven (220-230ºC/425-450ºF) on a stone or heavy dark-coloured pizza steel pan for an extra-crusty crust.
      • Bake for about 10-20 minutes until the cheese gets bubbly, and the crust is golden brown.
      • Note: Bake thin crusts quickly, thicker crusts longer. Keep a close watch on your pizza because there’s a fine line between delightful and crispy and scorched when cooking at a high temperature.
      • When your pizza is done, take it out of your oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes to let the cheese set up.

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      Notes

      Allow the pizza dough to rise in the refrigerator

      When the dough rises slowly in the refrigerator, it enhances flavour and texture. It's even better if you make it a day before.
      Fold the dough according to instructions and let it rise slowly in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours (Or in the freezer for more extended periods).
      Put it in an airtight container and place the dough in the fridge for preparation the day after. You can also use a self-sealing plastic bag. All you need is to oil the surface of the bag. It should also be large enough to accommodate the rising dough in the refrigerator. So, make sure you leave a space for a 10% buffer.
      After withdrawing the dough from the fridge, it is advisable to warm it to room temperature before baking.

      Pizza toppings suggestions

      Not sure what to put on your crust? There is a list of several toppings suggestions to accompany the dough you choose at https://fast2eat.com/pizza-toppings/.
      Have some fun by creating your own combination of pizza toppings by mixing and matching toppings as desired. That’s what pizza is all about.
      Build your pizza in this order:
      • Crust
      • Sauce - Go easy on the sauce.
      • Toppings - top with cheese and topping of your choice
        • Cheese - Sprinkle cheese over the sauce before other toppings
        • Meat - Defrost the meat before adding to your pizza
        • Veggies - Be mindful of ingredients that will exude water as they bake
        • A light sprinkle of additional cheese
        • Herbs, arugula, spinach or lettuce - Add fresh herbs after baking

      Turn the oven up high

      Pizza restaurants cook their pizzas at temperatures of 370-425°C/700-800°F, which of course, you definitely can’t do in your home oven. However, if you want to cook the perfect pizza at home, the higher you turn the heat up, the better. The higher temperature will give you a perfectly browned, crisp pizza.
      You’re probably used to set your oven at a temperature of between 175-190°C/350-375°F when you bake your bread, which is good. However, pizza crust is an altogether different story. You want your crust to be cooked quickly, making the outside beautifully crisp and the inside pleasantly chewy.
      So, start by preheating your oven to a temperature of 230°C/450°F.
      Then turn it back to 220°C/425°F when you put the pizza in the oven.
      Be sure to put your pizza on the middle-to-lower part of your oven rack to keep your cheese from burning.
      When your pizza is done, take it out of your oven and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes to let the cheese set up. In the majority of cases, you can easily slice your pizza directly in the pan.

      Leftover

      This recipe makes enough dough for two 30-35cm/12-14-inch thin pizzas or two 30cm/12-inch thick pizza crusts. Use to make as many pizzas as desired, then refrigerate any remaining dough for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

      Freezing

      If freezing, you must make it rise once before freezing it. This will give you many advantages, such as your dough will become much more manageable and light. You don’t have to worry about it as most bread machines' dough setting finishes the first rise cycle.

      How to Thaw Pizza Dough

      Thaw dough in the refrigerator overnight before using.

      It’s always a good idea to open the bread machine’s lid during the second kneading cycle (after about 10 minutes) and check the consistency of the dough ball.
      The dough is “just right” when it is a smooth round ball in appearance, soft to the touch, leaves a slight residue on your finger, and the bottom of the bread pan is clean of dough residue.
      • If it’s too dry, add lukewarm liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks right.
      • If it looks too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks right.
      • If there is flour on the sides of the pan, use a Silicone Spatula to wipe the flour from the pan.
      Important: This can be done during the knead cycle only. DO NOT remove the pan, KEEP it locked in the machine. Do NOT turn off the bread maker to adjust dough.

      Also check:


      * “Long-term dietary intake of gluten was not associated with risk of coronary heart disease. However, the avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk. The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.” (Source: http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1892)

      * Content and images based on Sunbeam CKSBBR9050-033 Bread Maker User Manual Retrieved from https://www.sunbeam.ca/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-sunbeam-ca-Library/default/dw500b4350/documents/instruction-manuals/CKSBBR9050-033.pdf
       

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      Nutrition

      Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

      Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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