10 February 2013

The Quest for a Perfect Pizza Dough

CJ and I have been looking for a pizza stone for some time. We finally settled on a cast iron pizza pan by Camp Chef. I have been really interested in cast iron lately. I have had a small cast iron skillet for many years now but could never quite get the hang of seasoning it and properly cleaning it without ruining it. After many, many, many videos on YouTube about proper care, I finally understood the awesomeness of cast iron cooking. Another reason why we decided on this pizza pan is that it's not just a pizza pan, it can be used to grill anything. I used it last night to grill avocados and shrimp. It's great on my stove top and in the oven.

I needed to find a good healthy dough recipe, but I wanted to avoid a recipe where the dough tasted "too healthy". No matter how healthy or diet friendly a meal is, it must taste good or it's just not worth doing.

After scouring my favorite blogs I decided to try the dough recipe from
Naturally Ella's Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Pizza.

I went out and bought everything I needed to make Naturally Ella's Dough.
Now to check what I have in my kitchen:
Green Pepper
Sweet Onion
Crimini Mushroom
Gorgozola Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar (I am going to use the same Balsamic Reduction Sauce used in Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Pizza.

Let the Cooking Begin!

Well I have to say it looked so much better than it tasted. The toppings were a good combination and the balsamic reduction was a great idea but the dough was just was not my style. My first issue was that I did not pre-heat my pizza pan. (I found out after the fact that I needed to do this.)

Secondly, I think using Wheat Pastry Flour made the dough a little sweeter and softer than I was expecting. Again, the softness could have been due to the fact that my cast iron pizza pan needed to be pre-heated.

Pre- Cooked. Looking Good. 

Final thoughts: 
Use this dough if you like a sweeter softer crust. It browns nicely and I would add the balsamic reduction to everything, it was just that good. 
My quest continues to find a pizza dough recipe that works for us.

I was doing laundry this morning and wanted to share this tip with you. 
A helpful household hint:
Even misplace part of your sheet set?
Here is an easy fix - Store your sheets in one of it's matching pillow cases. 

Neat and tidy and everything stays together. 

We store our winter sheets on the top shelf in our closet. 

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