Monday, October 6, 2014

$70/Week Challenge - Day Three: Homemade Spinach Ham Pizza

  • 3 C bread flour
  • 1 C  warm water
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 oz package of active dry yeast
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 C tomato sauce click here for recipe
  • 2 C mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 C fresh baby spinach
  • 2 slices of Parmesan Pesto Ham, cubed
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, water, olive oil, yeast, sugar and salt.  
  2. Using your very clean hands, stir the ingredients until they form a solid ball (this will take a few minutes, and you will have to scrape down your hands several times).  You can use a dough hook on a food processor, but I don't think it comes out the same.
  3. Place the dough on a clean smooth surface.  Gently kneed the dough for 8-10 minutes making sure to rotate the dough with each punch (the dough should be smooth and shiny, and have elasticity).  
  4. Return the dough to mixing bowl and cover with a warm, damp dish towel.  
  5. Allow the dough to rise for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. "Punch" the dough down and remove from bowl.  Kneed the dough for an additional minute, on a well floured surface (also dust your hands with flour as well).  
  8. This is the part, if you are fancy, where you toss and spin the dough.  If you can do this, form it into an 18" circle.  If  you are not fancy (I am not), take a floured rolling pin and roll it to form. 
  9. Top with sauce, spinach, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and ham pieces. 
  10. Drizzle top with olive oil and sprinkle with dried basil. 
  11. Place on a pizza stone, or pizza pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is brown and cheese is bubbling.