Thursday, April 30, 2015
What is it about homemade pizza that we love so much? Is it the soft, yet crisp, made from scratch crust? Is it the ability to pile it sky high with any and all toppings we desire? Is it the love that goes into making and baking this family favorite to perfection? Whatever it is, our hearts, and taste buds, have always had a special spot just for pizza!
It's this great love for this Italian American classic that led to today's recipe. With pizza on our minds, we set out to create the perfect, simple-to-bake recipe that you and your family are sure to enjoy. And, in typical Honeyville fashion, we put a slight twist on this all-time favorite. What type of twist you ask? We baked the whole thing in a Cast Iron Skillet! Prepare your taste buds and grab your BOSCH Universal Mixer, it's time to bake up some Cast Iron Skillet Pizza!
2 cups Hot Water
1/4 cup Raw Honey
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Salt
2/3 cup Honeyville Hard White Wheat, milled (about 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour)
4-6 cups Honeyville Alta Artisan Bread Flour
4 Tbsp SAF Yeast
(Sauce & Toppings):
1/3 cup Honeyville Tomato Powder
1 tsp Chef Tess Romantic Italian Seasoning
2/3 cup Water
1 1/2 cups Honeyville Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Sausage
1 cup Honeyville Freeze Dried Bell Peppers
First, begin your dough. In your BOSCH Universal Mixer, with your Dough Hook Extender, add the following ingredients in this order: water, honey, olive oil, sat, milled hard white wheat, 3 cups flour, and yeast. Turn mixer to #2 setting and, while ingredients are mixing, add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough begins to pull away from the sides (you may not need the full 6 cups for this). Knead in machine for 2-3 minutes until dough is smooth. Remove, place in an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
While dough is rising, make your sauce and re-hydrate your toppings. First, add tomato powder, chef tess seasoning, and water to a bowl, and mix until a thick sauce forms. You can add more or use less water depending on how thick or thin you like your sauce.
Next, re-hydrate your toppings by first soaking them in water until soft, then draining any excess liquid.
Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down and remove it from the bowl.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Divide dough in two (this recipe will make two pizza's).
Taking a greased, cast iron skillet, shape one of the dough balls in and around the cast iron. Don't worry about making it perfect in the skillet, just make sure it's round and flat.
Next, add your sauce.
Then, top with your re-hydrated sausage and bell peppers.
Finally, sprinkle your re-hydrated mozzarella cheese over the top.
Place pizza in 500 degree oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before slicing and serving.
This is everything you love about pizza and more! Thanks to the deep skillet, you get a seasoned, deep dish style pie with all the flavors and texture you love in pizza! The toppings bake up to perfection and the sauce is packed full of flavor and taste! This pizza is exactly what your family is looking for tonight, and is a great way to get the kids excited and in the kitchen helping. Trust us, this is a recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Yes, we all love homemade pizza, and when that pizza is baked in a cast iron skillet, we're in pure heaven!