Homemade pizzas are fun to make especially when you have friends over. For the dough, I’ve been using Jay’s Signature Pizza Crust and it’s worked out great!
Rosemary has a fairly strong flavour. Sometimes I am not quite sure how it would complement other flavours in certain dishes; we don’t use a lot of these herbs in Chinese cooking. I’ve used it mostly with lamb (we hardly have lamb because it’s so expensive), in pasta sauces, when roasting potatoes and in this crisp recipe that T’s aunt shared with us.
I’ve had bread with rosemary in it and it’s pretty tasty! So, why not put it in pizza dough?
2-1/4 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1-1/2 cup warm water (45 degrees C – I approximated)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil
3-1/3 cup all purpose flour (or you can do a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat)
1 tsp rosemary (depends on your taste)
- Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in the warm water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Then add the salt.
- In a bowl, measure 3-1/3 cup of flour. Make a well in the middle and add in the yeast-sugar-salt mixture. Mix until it becomes dough form. I added the olive oil at this point (partially because I forgot about it), it worked out well because it helped prevent my hands from sticking to the dough while mixing. Cover with a moist cloth and let it rise for an hour.
- Knead the dough. Roll out the dough onto a clean, well floured surface.
- The dough can be divided into three. Our pans were not that big, so we made three smaller pizzas. Roll out the dough and place on lightly oil pan(s).
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F/220 degrees C.
- Bake dough for 15-20 minutes before putting on the toppings.
- Place your favourite toppings on the pre-baked dough, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
The toppings were creations of my husband and his friend.
Pizza 1: pineapple, bacon, ground beef, mozzarella cheese
Pizza 2: pineapple, beef, ham, mozzarella cheese
Pizza 3: sliced red onion, A LOT of pineapple, ground beef, ham, mozzarella cheese
We also added arugula to the pizzas. We’ve been having salads with arugula in them this week. The arugula was added 5 minutes before the pizzas were done baking.
The rosemary gave the pizza that extra push to deliciousness!