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.
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 ¾ c. flour
1 ½ t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 packet instant yeast (2 ¼ t.)
1 ¼ 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 minutes to activate the yeast.
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.
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.