Saturday, November 14, 2009

Suite Meal 5: Homemade Pizza and Peter Reinharts Incredible Pizza Dough


I am still working through Peter Reinharts book Artisan Breads Every Day. I have searched and searched and searched for that perfect pizza pie crust. I think, I may have found it! I am not blowing smoke. I think this may have been the best homemade pizza that has ever came out of my kitchen.

I did not just make it for me. Believe it or not I made it for three families. I made one large pizza for my husband and I. I made one large pizza for my buddy who had surgery and was need of some taking care of. I made another one for my bf who watched my kiddos when my husband and I went out to dinner. YES, it was that good. It got rave reviews from all.
It was the crust! My girlfriend said it was the buttery and favorite pizza crust she has ever had!

The Amazing Pizza Crust by Peter Reinhart. (It is really really easy and so so worth the time. Trust me.)
from Artisan Breads Every Day

5 1/3 cp. unbleached bread flour
2 tsp. salt or 1 tb. kosher salt
1 tsp. yeast
2 TB sugar
2 cps + 2 TB water at room temperature
2 TB olive oil (you will need more. Lots more.)

1. Combine all the ingredients with paddle attachment. Mix for 1 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes until it is fully hydrated.
2. Mix with dough hook or by hand for 2 to 3 minutes. Spread 1 TB of oil on the work surface and add the dough. Stretch and fold the dough. It says to divide into 5 personal sizes. I separated it into three lg. pizza sizes. Add to a greased freezer bag and put in the fridge. Let sit in the fridge for 24 hours or up to 4 days. It will last in the freezer for months!
3. When ready to bake remove 90 minutes before baking time. With olive oil hands stretch and round into tight. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rest at room temperature until ready to bake.
4. Preheat oven. Stretch the crust with oiled hands until desired size. I bake my on 415.

My Pizza Sauce:

1 8oz. can tomato paste
The same 8 oz. can with water and scrapped clean
1/4 cp. grated parm
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
salt and pepper

Add all in small sauce pan cook until warm.

Top with favorite toppings. I made pasta with meatballs and sausage the night before, so I sliced the meatballs and sausage very thin for the pizza.


  1. This is my favorite pizza recipe! It makes great crisp thin crust pizzas!

  2. How fabulous to have such great reviews. Always nice to find a keeper recipe.

  3. What a great review for a pizza crust! What lucky friends you have.

  4. Those are some giant pepperoni slices!! lol. Love it. Nothing beats homemade pizza. Nice this that you made your own dough too. Makes the meal much more special.

  5. I can tell this is a good recipe just be reading it! Now I am going to try it!

  6. I love home made pizza and making them. This looks and sound amazing!

  7. Your pizza looks just perfect! I like the crust very much. Will bookmark it for later use! Thanks.

  8. I need to try this - our family loves a good pizza and yours is look very enticing.

  9. That looks amazing. I used to love meatball pizza when I ate meat. As for now, I love a good pizza crust. I'll have to take note of your recipe.

  10. Are you still cooking from the hotel? omg this looks really amazing :)

  11. nice to know this is the one for thin crispy crust - will definitely use the recipe, and good job on suite recipe # 5

  12. Now that's my kind of pizza - it looks delicious.

  13. Miranda, I've sooooo been craving pizza and yours looks fantastic! I don't normally like a bunch of meat on mine but I would give anything to sink my teeth into a slice of yours.

    Another amazing meal/creastion to come out of your tiny kitchen!

  14. oh I think I have a sudden craving for pizza now! you did such an awesome job especially since I know you've been cooking in a small kitchen lately.

  15. Oh man I need some pizza right now...delicious!

  16. I love homemade pizza and you are making me crave one right now!

  17. So glad you stopped by my blog and gave me the chance to find yours. Your pizza sounds and looks fantastic.

  18. Nothing better than a home made pizza! Love the meatballs, and the photos.

  19. i love homemade pizza. is it sad that we end up making it about once a week?

  20. Miranda, I have been wanting to dig into Peter Rienhardts book. I just saw a post yesterday about this very same pizza crust and am dying to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Looks like you are totally rocking the no kitchen! Good for you. I love the sound of this pizza.

  22. Hi Miranda,
    Absolutely perfect recipe and look delicious.
    Great sharing.

  23. My elder daughter likes thick pizza crusts, so I reserved a small ball of dough for her when I recently made Peter Reinhart's focaccia recipe (another keeper) and used it as the base for her pizza. She loved it. I prefer thin crusts, so I'll definitely be giving this recipe a go.

  24. omg my fiance LOVES pizza and I've never knew how to make pizza dough from scratch. I was always hesitant because I didnt know if I could throw and twirl the dough in the air but this looks very do-able! I can't wait to try this, I think he will be excited about this, thanks for sharing :)!


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