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New York Pizza Crust
Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods. My first job was at a Papa Murphy’s making pizza. Everyone said I would get tired of eating pizza, but low and behold, pizza is still one of my favorite foods to this day.
P.S. If you have never tired Papa Murphy’s Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza, you have not lived! Seriously… go get it! Or make you own with this crust. You would need a white sauce, artichokes, bacon, spinach, and chicken.
This recipe is complements of my mother-in-law. We have friends from New York who are particular about their crust and… wala! Angie (said mother-in-law) made this for them. Pizza is just one of the wonderful foods she will be remembered for.
I never had homemade pizza until I met Andrew’s family and now I am hooked for life. Best of all, this crust is extremely easy and only takes an hour to rise! Whoo hoo! This means less plan and wait time and more eating time. For someone who is impatient about pizza, this is important! My husband made the sauce.
Ingredients For the Dough
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, room temp., in small slices
3 to 4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
I use a KitchenAid standing mixer with the bread hook attachment.
Start by dissolving the yeast and sugar in the warm water.
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast 2 tsp sugar
- 1 cup warm water
Next, mix in the butter and then gradually add the flour and salt. Blend the butter into the mix as you knead the dough. Don’t forget to add the salt or it will taste yucky.
- 1/4 c butter, room., in small slices
- 3 to 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp salt
Then rub some olive oil on the dough, set it in a bowl, cover it and put it in a warm place. Let the dough rise an hour.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Place the baking sheets in the oven.
I like to use a *Pizza Stone and often times my mother-in-law will use a cast iron dish. This *Cast Iron Pizza Pan looks pretty awesome and has great amazon reviews.
Now put some flour on the counter and roll out part of the dough to your desired thickness. (If you are more skilled than I am you can use your hands, but I find a rolling pin works the best).
The dough can make two big pizzas or three small ones. When you are ready to make the pizza, pull the pan out of the oven and rub some olive oil the dough. Place the dough on the hot pan (you should hear sizzling). Add whatever toppings your (soon to be clogged) heart desires. We are often simpletons and do meat pizzas with LOTS of cheese. Bake at 475 degrees for about 8-12 minutes depending on how done you like the crust.
Enjoy with a beer!