Friday, November 15, 2013

Beer Pizza Dough - I'm Cooking for Foodie Friday

Since switching my kitchen over from processed pre-made foods, I have been trying to perfect the takeout my family still begs for almost every week - pizza. I've tried different dough recipes that are either too soft and we end up with droopy pizza or there was that one time I let my daughter oil the dough once it was on the pan, um oily and soggy are not words you associate with your favorite pizza. So now we've agreed who's doing the oiling from now on. I know pizza is not the ultimate option in most cases but I feel like if I'm making it from scratch myself, I know exactly what is going into it. This recipe contains no sugar and has only 6 ingredients, that's healthy in my book. That and the fact that there are things we just have to do for our husband's sake, take one for the team if you will. This recipe will make enough dough for 2 - 12 inch pizzas one of which I made meaty for the boys and the other just cheese for the girl, half tomatoes and spinach for mom.

Beer Pizza Dough

2 1/2 C Flour and another 1/2 C for rolling
1/2 C Corn Meal
1 Tbl Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
12 oz Can of Beer
3 Tbl Olive Oil for pan and dough once on pan

Combine dry ingredients and add can of beer. If too sticky, add more flour. Knead on floured counter before rolling out with floured rolling pin to less than 1/4 inch thick. Put on oiled pizza pan and fold in excess edges. Lightly (stress lightly if delegating this to a child) oil crust and dough before adding toppings.

I have a hard time getting the thickness exactly right but I think I got it this time because the crust was actually crispy on the edges AND underneath like any popular place we order. The secret this time was that it was almost thin enough to break in places which can be repaired by pinching the holes together once the dough is on the pan. Also just folding in the excess rather than rolling it in seemed to leave it a bit crispier around the edges.

Kids actually love to help with this recipe simply because of the messy factor and they are actually great kneaders, just remind them that oiling is not a painting project beforehand, and that they can only use what you've measured out and you will likely have more success than we did the first time.

I'm linking up my sister at Muffin-Top-Less Mom - you really should go see her Sweet Potato NACHOS she has there today. ALL of her Foodie Friday recipes are healthy and most are gluten free and paleo friendly. I can't wait to make these! 

Do you have a pizza dough standby recipe?


Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

OMG That looks good AND easy! :)

Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

Seriously if I can do it, anyone can!

Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

Wow that looks really good! Now, make a gluten-free version for me LOL

Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

Wish you had a print button. Sorry if you do. It's well hidden. ;)

Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

I haven't created a pizza from scratch but have been known to jazz up a frozen one - lol! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (stopped by from Bloggy Moms)