Store Bought Pizza Crust
Even though we have some great pizza places in Philly, I'd ike to try making some at home. But every time I start to read the recipe for homemade pizza dough, my eyes glaze over and I reach for my delivery menus. The whole process (kneading, proofing, etc.) just seems too time consuming, although I'm sure it is worth the effort.
Has anyone found a decent store bought crust (Boboli?) that they like to use? If so, do you still use a pizza stone with it?
The only way I'm happy using Boboli is if I grill it (with toppings) for about 10 minutes at 400 on my gas grill. Otherwise I think it's kind of flabby. If you have Trader Joe's in your area, they sell pizza dough for about a dollar a pound. I've gotten around this whole problem by getting take-and-bake pizzas from a couple local pizza places. That way I can cook them whenever.
I love making personal pizzas on unsliced pita bread. There's a local bakery here (Holy Land in Minneapolis) that makes these delicious garlic pitas that make perfect crusts. I just top 'em like a pizza and bake directly on the oven rack (so they're crispy). Top with dried tyme for an extra zip and good looks.
The Trader Joe's pizza dough is a pretty average, in my opinion, but still better than getting take out. I noticed it needed WAY more sitting-on-counter proof time than claimed.
Another option for a less traditional crust is that boxed Jiffy pizza crust. Costs like 30 cents and it pretty good if you bake the pizza in a pie pan instead of pizza sheet (makes it thicker) with a good bit of olive oil and corn meal. Also allow more rise time than directed.
And do you have a bread machine? Most will make pizza dough for you.
Many pizzerie will sell you raw dough.
Trader Joe's is also fine.
Definitely use a pizza stone. Even with a half-baked takeout pizza it gives much better results.
Yes, your local pizzeria may sell it to you; I recently called our favorite place and they sell it, though I forgot to ask "how much?" In addition, our Publix grocery stores sell one-pound bags of fresh pizza dough in the bakery and they do nicely for $1.49 per bag and they usually sell out on Friday nights.
I make mine in a bread machine using the dough setting. I store it in the fridge in a gallon ziplock bag. Straight from the machine it's ready to form, top and bake. To use later from the ziplock you may just have to punch down. It's really easy. Here's the recipe I use:
1 cup water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 olive oil
3 1/4 flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
Put in your bread machine in that order, making sure the flour covers the water completely so the yeast won't touch the liquid. Run through dough cycle. Top with desire toppings and bake either with or without pizza stone. I can't remember what degrees I set my oven, whatever happens to run through my head at the time. Usually hot. I don't always use red sauce. To me, some of the best pizza is brushed with olive oil, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes and chunks of mozzerella. I also love chopped prosciutto with carmelized onions. Good luck