A Few Things You Should Know About Pizza Dough
By KC Kudra
Many people are intimidated by the thought of making their own pizza dough from scratch although the process is a relatively simple one especially once you have made your first batch. In addition, although frozen pizza dough may be convenient and relatively inexpensive, the taste rarely mimics authentic, handmade pizza dough giving you even more reason to try making your own.
Flour is your friend when it comes to working with pizza dough. Always have a few tablespoons nearby in case your dough is unmanageable or sticks to your hands when kneading. You will also need to add some flour to your dough if you are rolling it out with a rolling pin to keep it from sticking and ripping apart.
Always roll from the center to the outer edges and sprinkle some flour on the underside of the dough as well. Keep rolling the dough until you notice it losing most of its elasticity. Then, using a fork, prick a few holes through the dough before baking to keep air bubbles from forming.
Once you have become familiar working with the dough, making a double crusted pizza is another way of creating a delicious dish and satisfying meal. Use two balls of dough and roll each out into circular shapes as you would when making an ordinary pizza but overlap the two pieces after adding the sauce and fillings.
The easiest way to tell your pizza has cooked for the proper length of time is when you notice the dough turning a golden brown color. The crust or edges should be slightly darker and the bottom of the pizza should be browned evenly. The cheese will also darken and be completely melted on a pizza that has cooked long enough.
Quick and Healthy Breakfast Pizza Recipe
What You Need
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 11 ounce package refrigerated pizza crust
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups liquid egg whites, refrigerated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1-1/2 cups frozen vegetables, your choice, thawed
- 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- 3 frozen turkey sausage patties, thawed
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coat a large baking sheet with the nonstick cooking spray and unroll the refrigerated pizza crust onto it.
Bake the dough partially for about 5 minutes and then set aside.
In a large skillet, melt the tablespoon of butter then add the egg whites, salt and pepper, and onion powder and scramble the eggs until they are just firm.
Spoon the scrambled eggs over top of the partially baked pizza crust and then top with the thawed, frozen vegetables. Cut the thawed patties of turkey sausage into small, bite sized pieces, and distribute evenly on top of the pizza.
Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese on top of everything and bake for about 8 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the crust is a golden brown color.
Slice and serve your healthy breakfast pizza while still hot.
Vary the pizza recipes you use when making dinners for your family to keep everyone interested. You can also make variations to the pizza dough recipe you use by changing the types of flour as well as using butter instead of oil for coating the dough before baking.
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