Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Papa Josh's Pizza

Over the last month and a half, Joshua has been learning how to make pizza dough.  After a couple of weeks under my direction, he had the chance to fly solo.  I was a little nervous, but since I had to be in a different part of the house it was the perfect time for him to put his skills to the test.

He did an excellent job!

Because of his success, we joke that he should be called "Papa Josh".  :)  He's not keen on the idea of nicknames, but last Friday while enjoying a slice of pizza I heard him laugh as he called himself by this name.

Here's how he does it:


  1. Measure 2 cups of very warm water into the mixing bowl.
  2. Add:   2 TB yeast
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 TB vegetable oil
  1. Mix in big mixer until foamy.
  2. Turn off mixer and add:
2 cups whole wheat flour
                   3 cups white flour
                   6 tsp vital wheat gluten
  1. Mix in mixer until it sticks together.
  2. Change to the bread dough hook.  Add flour slowly until the dough does not stick to the bowl.
  3. Let mixer knead dough for 5 minutes.  Check on it so it is not sticking.  Add a little bit of flour as needed.
  4. Turn off the mixer.  Take out the kneading hook.
  5. Cover bowl with clean cloth napkin or towel.  Let it rise for 1 hour.
  1. Divide dough into two equal parts.  Roll out each one to fit baking pan.
  2. Put butter on the baking trays.  Put rolled dough onto trays.
  3. Add sauces, seasonings, cheese, and toppings.
  4. Let rise for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Bake pizzas at 400˚F for 15-20 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted.

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