Wouldn’t you know I married a man who LOVES ADORES Pizza. My hubby is a very mellow guy, but if you mention the word Pizza he’s sure to perk up! So instead of ordering out pizza, I like to make him home-made. I can control what’s going into it, and use whatever we have on hand.
I found this recipe on http://www.everydayfoodstorage.net/ (It was called 30 Minute Breadsticks or No-Fail Deep Dish Pizza Crust) The title was a bit misleading, as it of course takes a bit more time than that, but it really is a good recipe and I love her website. Instead of breadsticks, I did Cheesy Bread but it you want just plain breadsticks, leave off the cheese. And you can also do any combination of white/whole wheat flour you like.
CHEESY BREAD & PAN PIZZA
2 1/2 cups hot water
5 tsp SAF Instant Yeast (or 2 T regular active dry)
2 T sugar
3 T oil
1 tsp salt
6 cups flour
1-2 cubes of butter
Pour hot water in mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and allow to dissolve. (Unless you’re using active dry yeast, you don’t need to let it fully bloom)
Add sugar, salt, and oil. Gradually add flour.
While oven is heating to 400 degrees, place butter on two pans in oven to melt.
I did two pans out of this dough, one for cheesy bread, and one for pizza, but you could do just one pan if you want it really thick.
Place half of dough in each pan with the butter, stretching to fit. This will be a little messy, but the dough is very forgiving. I flip it over half way through so some of the butter gets on top.
Allow to double in size (about 15 minutes)
Now, for Cheesy Bread top with a sprinkling of :
Johny’s Garlic Seasoning
about 8-16 oz shredded mozzarella & cheddar (depending how cheesy you want it)
For Pizza, top with:
pizza sauce (I mix 1 small can each tomato sauce and paste and add Italian seasoning)
favorite toppings (In the photo I did turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, white onions
Now bake in the 400 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes or until nicely browned. (The original recipe only allowed for 10-12 minutes which I found to be short)