All of that being said, if it is a white product, bread, rolls, pizza dough, pie crust, biscuits, big pretzels-you get the picture- I really rock at this. Not really tooting my own horn, I just can bake. I can't boil water, but I can bake. Today, I am NOT baking, but I thought I would share my favorite recipe with you. This recipe is rather universal in that I use it both for pizza and for pretzels. I think I just heard all professional bakers take a gasp in unison, but hey, this is how I roll here in the country.
This recipe is so simple, easy, quick and cheap you will NEVER purchase premade dough again. Heck, it is quicker than waiting
Universal Dough (pretzel, pizza)
2 1/2 cups of White Lily Flour (if you can't find White Lily in the North, buy whatever, I like White Lily, it is light and makes for really fluffy non-tough biscuits)
2 1/4 tsp of instant or quick rising yeast (I use the instant in a jar, but you can use 1 packet of quick rising Fleishmans)
1 tsp of salt
3 Tbsp of Sugar or Honey (I use Honey whenever I have it)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup of HOT, tap water. ( you can use a thermometer if you need to, but if it is hot enough you don't want to leave your hand in it but not so hot you got burned on contact, that's the right temp)
Mix the first four ingredients together and make a well, "hole" in the middle. Add oil and water in the hole and stir until it is all combined in a ball and cover with a kitchen towel or some Saran wrap that has been sprayed with baking spray to keep it from sticking to the dough. Let sit 10-15 minutes. This is really important because overworked dough won't roll out. It has to sit and rest. Preheat your oven to 450 & after dough has rested, either roll it out on a pizza stone for pizza or separate it in baseball sized balls for pretzels.
For pizza, proceed to top with whatever your little heart desires and bake for ten minutes (maybe longer depending on your oven, maybe less, watch it)....when crust is golden brown on the bottom or cheese is all the way melted, it's done.
For pretzels, Roll it out into a long worm (hehee I have kids and we love to make worms here) and shape into a pretzel. You can brush it with water and apply sea salt, brush it with butter and cinnamon/sugar, or any other topping you like. I prefer them plain dipped in honey mustard sauce, but to each his own!
I have no current pictures, as I haven't baked any in the last month, but I assure you the next time I bake them I will upload a pic!
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