What I do love, is going to smaller family owned specialty grocery stores. I love perusing the aisles for things that you often don't see in the big box stores. One of my favourites at the moment, especially when I am 'feeling Italian' is Masellis Supermarket.
Fresh breads, fantastic fresh meat and deli and cheese counter, many imported goods from Italy and friendly customer service. Family owned since 1959.
3 of my Favourite items in the store....Home-made-in-Store, Italian Sausage and Prosciutto AND Sicilian Ice Cream in yummy Italian flavours like Pistachio Nut, Hazelnut Coffee, and Torrone Nougat.
I was in the mood for PIZZA.....
I never used to make my own pizza dough...would always buy those bags of dough from the deli and then top them with my own toppings. But that was then....making your own dough is SO EASY and tastes INFINITELY better than store-bought!!! I'll show you how....
Number one thing you need when making amazing pizza dough is a lovely soft flour. All-purpose bread flour works...BUT, if you use this....Farina Tipo 00
Your pizza crust will be OUTTA-THIS-WORLD and your family will adore you for-eva!!! You can find this at specialty shops (like Masellis) and sometimes at big box grocers.
PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE: In your stand mixer (or bowl) Add 1 and a half cups of warm water, 2 tbl of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbl. of honey. Add 1 and a half packets of instant yeast. Let sit for a few minutes till the action starts happening (ie: the yeast begins to bloom)`.
After a few minutes add approx. 4 and a half cups of flour to the yeast mixture, and with the hook attachment (or big wooden spoon) mix until just combined.
If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, if it is too dry, add more water.
Knead the dough for about 30 seconds (don't be afraid of it...again, if it's sticky, add more flour, if it's dry and crumbly add a little water!) and form it into a round ball. Then take a large bowl and grease the inside with olive oil. Place the dough ball in the bowl, cover with a damp towel and keep it in a warm place for an hour so that the dough can rise.
After it has risen, cut off small pieces which will become the individual pizzas and flatten with your hands or a rolling pin...thinness depends on preference.
Now, the fun part...the toppings!!!! Our selection included: Italian sausage, prosciutto, caramalized onions (sauted onions in a bit of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a tsp of brown sugar), spinach, goat cheese, hot pepper flakes, mushrooms, zucchini, baby grape tomatoes and mozzarella,
Bake in a super hot oven -450 degrees for about 10 mins!!!
You will LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!