1.13.2012

easy peasy pizza crust

i hate yeast. because if it's made with yeast, it probably means it needs to be kneaded and set to rise. nope, won't do it. first, kneading is way more work than i am willing to put forth for food. the only time i should be breaking a sweat when making food is when the kitchen's hot because the food's already in the oven.  so i discovered a pretty easy pizza crust recipe and made it even easier. i can honestly say it was pretty delicious! and with so little ingredients, it is super cheap.





2 cups self-rising flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 tbs honey
1 tbs oil

after combining the flour and salt, add the rest of the ingredients. i made my pizzas right away and put the remaining dough in the fridge to make more later, and it was much easier to handle. the second batch wasn't as lumpy as these. i baked the crusts in the oven for 10 minutes at 350, took them out and put on the toppings, and then popped them back in the oven for five minutes. (and yes, i ate cheese. we are on a spending freeze until john gets his first paycheck and i am very limited in what i can actually make!)

the thing i like about this recipe is you can switch out some of the ingredients if you want. this would've been great with olive oil but we didn't have any on hand. the other day i used this recipe to make bread sticks (or rather, a stubborn bread blob that i cut into stick-like submission after it baked) and i used ham fat that i had scraped off the top of ham stock and froze. and of course, you can use sugar instead of honey if you want.

also, i never have self-rising flour on hand, but my dad bought it and my mom never uses it, so she gave it to me. it worked great and tasted delicious, but i got similar results when using whole wheat flour and a packet of yeast. the only thing is, you have to make sure the water is warm (about 130 degrees) and then you have to let it rise for about 20 minutes. not too bad. still tasty. just a couple little extra steps.

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