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
2 T. butter, softened
1 t. oregano
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 mintues 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.
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.
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