When we lived in the US, I always wanted to try and make my own pizza dough, but living so close to Trader Joe’s made it easy to cheat since they have their own version in the fridge, and it is quite delicious. Sigh, how I miss Trader Joe’s!
When I got to the Middle East, I found out pretty quickly that pre-made dough is not the easiest thing to find here. So finally, I was faced with the fun challenge of making my own pizza crust!
Luckily on the Nest’s What’s Cooking board, there was a post from someone else about pizza dough. A few were recommended, but the one I saw the most was this one. It’s a blog called Annie’s Eats, and I have tried some great recipes from her blog. However, that recipe was posted for someone with a stand mixer – which I do not have. She linked to the original recipe (with options to make it by hand) that was posted on a Browneyedbaker’s blog, so I followed that one, and used this recipe.
Now remember that I am in the Middle East – some of the things in this recipe were not necessarily available to me. (Also I did not have the car today, so I was stuck with Carrefour, a grocery store across the street). I have not seen anything close to bread flour here, so I decided to try Chappata Atta, which is used to make Indian breads, so I thought it might be a good substitute. Also, the instant yeast that I found did not need mixing with water. (Now I have a ton of yeast though, so I plan to try making a lot of breads)!
Putting this dough together was a cinch, and really took no time at all. Then I let it rise while I watched some tv, and was amazed at just how big it got! When it came to shaping the dough…that was a little more difficult! I had to watch a few videos on how to do it, before I got the hang of it.
Looks delicious doesn’t it? I thought so 🙂 (Don’t mind my horrible pictures – they were taken on my iPhone! It’s the easiest and fastest way to get the pictures posted).
The pizza is a white pizza with garlic, mozzarella, ricotta cheese and parmesan. It’s a creation inspired by our favorite pizza at a cute little place in Montana called MacKenzie River Pizza. Any time we are in Montana to visit Dave’s parents, we have to go there! The pizza we usually get there has ricotta, mushrooms and bacon. (Let’s not talk about bacon though…).