Amoeba is a pizza lover. Â Pepperoni pizza is his secret passion — well, maybe not so secret since he indulges in it publicly — and he needs a regular fix of red sauce, crisp crust, Â spicy pepperoni and stringy, melt-y cheese. Â But we’ve yet to find a pizza place in Friday Harbor. Â Well, there is a restaurant that sells fancy little pie shaped things it calls pizza, but Amoeba was less than impressed.
So, how is Amoeba to get his regular pizza fix? Â Will he have to learn to like the fancy little pizzas that are more about presentation than flavor? Â Or will he take the two hour (round trip) ferry ride and pay the $40.00 round trip fare (includes car & driver, passengers cost $11.20 extra) to Anacortes and then drive 20 miles to the nearest Pizza Hut? Â That seems a bit cost prohibitive, doesn’t it?
I suspect that delivery is also out of the question. Â So, what is a good Quilldancer to do if she wishes to keep her Amoeba happy? Â Well, this Quilldancer (the only one I can answer for) decided she should learn how to make pizza, including creating her own nice crisp, thin crusts.
Okay, so the crust didn’t come out so thin. It’s my first try, give me a break! The whole thing got eaten. Plus, Amoeba pronounced my trail a delicious success. Not only that, it was surprisingly fast and easy to make! And, we figure this pizza cost less than $12.00 — definitely cost effective. Â Plus, it only took about a half-hour to put together, and clean up was easy.
Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 envelope of dry yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
- 3/4 cup of lukewarm water
- 1 3/4 cups of unbleached plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Combine the yeast, sugar and warm water. Stir and set aside for 5-6 minutes (at least until yeast “bubbles”).
- Combine flour and salt.
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Mix with a spoon until you have a neat ball.
- Prepare a lightly spinkled surface with flour. Turn out dough and knead for 2-3 minutes. Flour your hands if the mixture is sticky.
- Shape by hand to fit your pizza pan. (I do this on lightly floured wax paper for an easy transfer.)
- Place in 12” lighly oiled oven pan. Press out dough to form a slight lip.
- Prepare and apply your sauce and toppings of choice.
- Cook in a pre-heated oven (500F) for 8-12 minutes.
I topped our pizza with pepperoni, diced onion & bell pepper and 8 oz.Â mozzarellaÂ cheese. Â I used Boboli Brand pre-packaged pizza sauce. Â And I used a cookie sheet because we don’t own a pizza pan (yet).