Dry Mix Recipes: Pizza Dough

 Pizza dough mix.

Flickr Photo Credit: L. Marie

My husband enjoys being creative on family pizza night. We make this dry mix recipe in bulk, so he only has to go through the same amount of effort on pizza night that he would if we bought a crust mix from the grocery store.

12 cups unbleached flour, 1 cup stone ground cornmeal, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 tbsp salt, 3 tbsp baking powder. Mix all of these ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To make the dough  you will need 1 cup hot water, 1 – 1 1/2 tsp fast rising yeast (less for crispy crust, more for fluffy crust), 3 cups dough mix, 2 tbsp olive oil.

Add yeast to hot water in a bowl and set aside for a few (five-ish) minutes. Then, combine with dry pizza mix and oil kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic. Let it sit for a 30-60 minutes. (We usually go for the 30 minute time line and it comes out fine.)  Punch the dough down and then roll out to the size and shape you need.

We usually like our own homemade sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and a selection of basic pizza toppings. Sometimes however, we branch out and try chicken pesto or alfredo mushroom for a little extra kick. However, when times are tight, your basic cheese and sauce pizza is still a crowd pleaser and easy on the budget. For extra variety, try using this dough to make calzones with leftover chicken legs.