White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes

6 04 2011

I have never made homemade bread or and kind of homemade dough before.  It has always scared me a bit.  Plus I know that yeast can be kind of finicky and needs the right conditions.  I have been seeing lots of homemade pizza recipes and thought I would give it a try.  Things went great. The dough did just what it was supposed to and the pizza turned out awesome.  I can’t wait to make it again with some different toppings.

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First you start out by combining warm water, yeast, honey, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl.  I read on the jar of yeast what temperature the water should be between so that it isn’t to hot to kill the yeast or to cold that it doesn’t activate the yeast and for my method it said between 120o – 130o.  I then took my candy thermometer and made sure my water was in that range.  Then mix those ingredients until the yeast dissolves. Next add the flour and mix until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough should be sticky. Grease a large metal bowl with olive oil. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise about 2 hours in a warm place. Then punch it down, form into a ball and let rise again until it doubles in size.

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Once the dough has doubled in size spread the pizza dough onto a stone or pan. Dough will make one thick crust or 2 thinner crusts.  Pre-bake crust in a 550o oven, or as high as your oven will go, until lightly browned.

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Remove from the oven and top with your favorite ingredients.  Then bake pizza at highest temperature, 550o F until golden brown.

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Side note, my pizza only has toppings on half because I knew my kids would not eat the tomatoes, onions, or garlic on theirs. Enjoy your homemade pizza!

 

White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes

For the Crust

~ 1 1/2 cups warm water

~ 1 1/2 tsp. yeast

~ 1 Tbsp. honey

~ 1/4 tsp. onion powder

~ 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

~ 1 tsp. salt

~ 3-4 cups flour

~ 3 Tbsp. olive oil

Toppings

~ 2 heads of garlic

~ 3-4 tomatoes, thinly sliced

~ 16 oz. bag spinach, roughly chopped

~ 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil

~ 1/2 red onion. sliced

~ 1 cup ricotta cheese

~ 8 oz. package fresh mozzarella, sliced

~ 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

~ salt & pepper

~ olive oil

1. Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl.  Mix those ingredients until the yeast dissolves. Next add the flour and mix until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough should be sticky. Grease a large metal bowl with olive oil. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise about 2 hours in a warm place. Then punch it down, form into a ball and let rise again until it doubles in size.

2. Preheat oven to 400o F. Cut the top off of the 2 heads of garlic and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Wrap in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet. Roast at 400o F for about 30 minutes or until very fragrant.

3. Preheat oven to highest temperature, mine is 550o F. Spread pizza dough onto a stone or pan. Dough will make one thick crust, or 2 thinner crusts. Pre-bake crust in a 550o F oven until lightly browned. Remove from oven.

4. Sauté chopped spinach in a little olive oil and 1 clove of chopped garlic.

5. Drop roasted garlic on pizza dough. Add fresh basil first on top of pizza dough so it doesn’t burn. Then add sliced mozzarella, ricotta in small dollops, sautéed spinach and Parmesan. Top with thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions. Bake pizza at oven’s highest temperature, mine is 550o F, until golden brown.

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9 07 2011
What was in those baskets on July 9th « 4peatssake

[…] The great thing about spinach is a bunch of spinach can be wilted down and added to almost anything. Any recipe that calls for a box of frozen spinach you can wilt down your bundle and use. I am a big fan of the Chicken Parmesan Bundles but also check out the Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni or the White Pizza with Spinach and tomatoes. […]

10 09 2011
What was in those baskets on September 10th « 4peatssake

[…] I am planning on making Mini Florentine Cups with my spinach from this week but another favorite in our house is Chicken Parmesan Bundles. If you are looking for something else try Lazy Baked Greek Chicken, Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni, or White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes. […]

21 04 2012
What was in those baskets on April 21st « 4peatssake

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12 05 2012
What was in those baskets on May 12th « 4peatssake

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