No-Rise Pizza Dough

It is quick and easy to make pizzas since I found this recipe for a no-rise yeast dough in the recipe booklet that came with my Cuisinart food processor.  I modified the recipe slightly by adding whole wheat flour to make it a bit more nutritious.  I usually cut the dough into fourths and then make individual pizzas for each of us.  The dough keeps well in the fridge for a day or two.  By the way, I have a Wilton’s pizza pan that I just love.  It makes a wonderful crispy crust.

No-Rise Basic Pizza Dough
(Made in a food processor)
Makes 1 14-inch pizza crust or 2 9-inch pizza crusts

1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
2/3 cup warm water
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. olive oil (I add a little more)

Stir yeast and sugar into warm water and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.  Insert metal blade into the food processor and put flour and salt into the work bowl and attach lid.  Turn on the machine and pour yeast mixture through feed tube and process about 45 seconds, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Add the oil through the feed tube and process 60 seconds longer.

If dough sticks to the sides of bowl, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, processing for 10 seconds after each addition, until dough leaves sides of bowl but remains soft.

Roll dough on floured surface into circle, rotating and turning dough often and using enough flour so it doesn’t stick.  If dough resists rolling, let it rest for a few minutes and try again.  Roll dough into 15-inch circle for flat 14-inch pizza pan, or into 10-inch circles for flat 9-inch pans.

Oil pan(s) lightly.  Fold rolled dough into half loosely and then in half again.  Position point at center of pan and gently unfold.  Press into place from center outward, turn under the 1-inch overhand and shape it into a rim.  Crust(s) is/are now ready to bake and fill.

To bake pizzas:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place rack in the lower third of the oven.  Bake pizza crust(s) for 6 minutes.  In the meantime, prepare fillings.

Top with favorite toppings and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese (if using) is melted.

Some favorite toppings:

spaghetti sauce or marinara
pesto
Texas (cilantro) pesto
barbeque sauce

mozzarella
provolone
monterrey jack

artichoke hearts
black and green olives
red and green bell peppers
mushrooms (baby bellas)
onions
jalapenos
pepperocini peppers
spinach

cooked chicken

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