Pan Pizza

6 Apr

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My husband loves the pizza I normally make, though it is usually a thinner crust in favor of our waist lines. He found this recipe and asked if I would be able to make it sometime and I was ready to tackle the challenge! I still haven’t had a chance to remake it, but just having this up makes me want to make it again. It was incredibly tasty pan pizza and the original recipe has many tips you may want to check out.

Adapted from: Serious Eats

Makes: 2 10-inch pizzas

Ingredients: (if you want gram or ounce measurements, head to the original recipe)
2.5 cups bread flour
2 tsp salt
0.5 tsp instant yeast (rapid rise)
1 cup + 3 Tbsp water
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil (will need more to coat pans)

1.5 cups pizza sauce
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
any other toppings (I used pepperoni on one, cheese only on the other)

Directions:
1) Mix the flour, salt, yeast, water, and oil in a  large bowl (to account for rising) until there is no more dry flour.
2) Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 8-24 hours. The dough should more than double in size to nearly fill the bowl.
3) Flour a work surface and pour the dough out onto the surface. Flour your hands well and divide the dough into two tightly formed balls.
4) Pour 1-2 tbsp of oil into either 10 inch cast iron skillets or round cake pans (I used 9 inch cake pans, which was the best I had) and coat the bottom and sides of the pans with oil. Put a ball of dough in each and turn to coat with oil. Press down on the dough to slightly flatten the ball. Cover again with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for two hours.
5) 30 minutes to 1 hour ahead of time, preheat your oven to 500°F (or 550°F if your oven goes that high).
6) After the two hours are up and the dough mostly fills the pan, lift the dough to remove any air bubbles underneath. Then press the dough out to fill the pan and pop the large air bubbles.
7) Top each crust with half of the sauce, completely covering the crust. Cover with the cheese to the edges and any other toppings. You can also drizzle a little olive oil over the top.
8) Bake the pizza until the bottom is golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. It may take a little longer depending on how well your oven heats and how high it can heat. Remove the pizzas and cut into 6 slices.

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