Deep Dish Pizza

    I’ll admit it.  I have never made homemade pizza dough.  Instead I usually buy the Pilsbury pizza dough that comes in a can and bake it myself to make my own pizza.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and make my own dough after seeing an incredible recipe for Deep Dish Pizza on Bite Me New England’s blog.  It sounded amazing.

     I was a little nervous about making the dough.  I’ve made yeast bread plenty of times without trouble, but I worried about this dough.  It turns out I worried in vain.  The dough is easy to make, easy to handle, and tastes fantastic.  My husband could not stop raving about it.  It has that freshly made bread taste, was crispy on the edges but soft and fluffy inside.  I used half of the dough to make this deep dish pizza and froze the other half to use on a thin crust pizza.

    The deep dish pizza was easy to make and assemble.  I used a springform pan and formed the dough up the sides of the pan.  I didn’t get fancy with the toppings we just had half pepperoni (for Frank) and half chicken (for me).  Then I topped it off with cheese, sauce, and more cheese!  I was afraid to cut it for fear everything woudl come running out of it, but it held firm!  I won’t be buying refrigerated pizza dough anymore-I’m sold on this recipe!

Deep Dish Pizza (adapted from Bite Me New England, who adapted the dough from Annie’s Eats)
For the dough:
3 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 packet instant yeast (2 1/4 t.)
1 1/4 c. warm water (around 110 degrees)
3 T. butter, melted
Cooking spray
2 T. butter, softened
1 t. oregano

Toppings:
2 c. mozzarella cheese
2 c. pizza sauce
Meat & Vegetable Toppings

1.  In a large bowl combine the yeast and the warm water.  Stir and let sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.

2.  After letting the yeast stand add the flour, salt, and sugar to the bowl.  Mix by hand or use a stand mixer with a dough hook and mix 1-2 minutes. 

3.  Add in the water and melted butter and continue mixing until everything is well incorporated.  Then, either mix on medium speed for 5 minutes or turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth.

4.  Spray a seperate bowl with cooking spray.  Put the dough ball into the bowl, turning to coat with oil.  Cover with plastic wrap and then a kitchen towel and let sit in a warm area for 1-2 hours or until doubled.

5.  After doubling turn the dough onto a lightly floured table and roll into a 12 x 12 square.  Brush with the softened dough and sprinkle with oregano.  Begin rolling the dough into a tight cylinder.  Place the dough seam side down and push down to flatten.  Fold the dough into thirds like you are folding a letter pinching the ends to form a ball. 

6.  Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Place the dough in the refrigerator 1-2 hours on until doubled in size.
7.  Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide in half.  Wrap half in plastic wrap then place in a freezer bag.  Freeze for later.  Roll the remaining half into a 10 inch circle.  At this point preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

8.  Spray the sides of a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray.  Put the dough circle in the springform pan and press against the bottom and sides of the pan.  Pour the meat and veggie toppings on the bottom and cover with 1 cup of the cheese.  Heat in the oven for 15 minutes.

9.  After 15 minutes reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Remove the pizza from the oven and cover with the sauce, then top with remaining cheese.  Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.  Remove from springform pan and let cool an additional 5 minutes.  Cut into slices and serve hot.

Comments

  1. DH and I have been talking about making deep dish at home…this is perfect!! Looks amazing!

  2. I am a big deep dish pizza fan and I have tried several crust recipes. Some are real involved and some not. Your crust looks pretty tasty and easy, so I have bookmarked to try soon. Thanks for sharing this recipe-Yum!

  3. This is fantastic! I love deep dish pizza and have never thought to try it myself! Looks perfect! :)

  4. Wow! That is some awesome looking pizze! I’m having a recipe only link party “Cast Party Wednesday” This would make for a perfect addition. I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

  5. I love finding easy dough recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Yum! We have pizza night every Friday night, and while I always make my own crust (The Pioneer Woman’s recipe), I will be trying this recipe out soon. I love deep dish pizza. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipe with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
    Thanks Again!

  8. Yummy ! this is my favorite food and that’s good look. nice info share

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