New York Style Pizza Crust

What’s a Southern mama know about good pizza crust? Not much until I married a Jersey boy who dearly misses “real” pizza. The chains and local places around here just don’t cut it for him. It’s the equivalent of trying to find good BBQ or a homemade buttermilk biscuit in New England. Being the awesome wife that I am, I’ve tried to duplicate the crust he so dearly misses, and considering I won’t be installing a brick oven anytime soon, this recipe comes pretty close. The key is refrigerating the dough overnight then bringing it up to room temperature over the course of the next day. I’ve been making this crust for so long I don’t remember where I got the recipe, but this time I changed things up by using my WonderMill grinder to make my own flour from hard red wheat berries. The results were a little healthier than using all-purpose, bleached flour.

Ingredients (yields one large regular crust or two small thin crusts)
1 package instant dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2T sugar
3 cups bread flour
2T olive oil
1 1/2t salt

Combine the water, yeast, sugar, and 1/2 of the flour. Stir well and allow to sit for 20 minutes until bubbly. It should look something like this:.

Next add olive oil, salt and 2 cups of the flour and stir together until a slightly wet dough forms. Turn onto floured surface and knead at least 10 minutes adding the remaining 1/2 cup of flour as you go. Form the dough into a ball and place in a large bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the top of the dough as well.

Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and place in a warm place until dough doubles in size (about two hours).

Give the dough a punch (so fun! 🙂 ), divide into two balls (for thin crust) and refrigerate overnight.
The following day remove dough from refrigerator and allow it several hours to warm to room temperature before handling.
Spread the sticky dough onto an ungreased pizza stone or cookie sheet. It’s very stretchy and to get it as thin as Hubs likes it, it never turns out “pretty.” Thankfully it tastes great.

Top as desired then bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

One of my favorite ways to top this pizza is to beat together 8oz fresh mozzarella, 8 oz shredded cheddar, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, and 1/4 Parmesan cheese. Spread the mixture over the pizza sauce and top with toppings.

My quest for the perfect pizza crust is always evolving. My next experiment will be to find some water bottled in the New York/New Jersey area and use it in the crust recipe… unless any Jersey girls out there want to FedEx me some of your water? 🙂

About Jenn @ Sweet T Makes Three

Hi ya’ll! I’m Jenn, a 20-something who just joined the ranks of motherhood. Hubs and I had been married for nearly eight years when Sweet T arrived in August of 2010 and it’s been quite an adjustment bringing her into our family. We’re a cloth diapering family trying to keep our sanity in the face of first-time parenthood. I like to blog about adventures in the kitchen and our life with little Sweet T.

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Grain Mill Challenge Experience: Initially a WonderMill Grain Mill appealed to me purely from a long-term emergency preparedness standpoint. While the WonderMill is perfect for that purpose, I found I actually enjoyed the versatility the mill provided and will be using it in my kitchen on a regular basis. Because of The Grain Mill Wagon Challenge I've broadened my culinary horizons and feel comfortable using all kinds of flours besides the traditional white flour most of us buy at the grocery store. It also feels great to be able to cook for my gluten-free friends. Thanks, WonderMill for the opportunity to experience your amazing product!

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