Remember back when I had that unbelievable foodie fail with the microwave pizza mug?! Well I refused to let my Super Fast, Easy & Tasty Pizza Sauce go to waste! And, I wanted pizza damn it! Not just pizza, the best pizza I could possibly make because I have not had any takeout for months.
I was drawn to using my medium-sized cast iron pan and studied recipes to come up with my own. I also got the help of the bread maker my Auntie Laima gave me but you do not need one for this recipe if you are OK kneading the dough by hand.
The Pizza Crust
For the dough you will need: 1 1/2 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 cups flour and 2 tbsp olive oil.
I only have traditional yeast so even though I was going to use my bread maker I had to proof the yeast ahead of time. If you have instant or bread maker yeast you can skip this step.
Put sugar and yeast in warm (not hot) water.
Stir and let activate for 10 minutes.
Put salt, flour, olive oil and yeast mixture into bread maker and choose dough cycle.
Check on dough to make sure it is coming together. Too dry? Add warm water. Too wet? Add a little flour.
Or! Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl and add mixture. Stir to combine and then knead for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and then a clean towel. Put in a warm spot and let rise.
The Sauce And Toppings
For the sauce you can find my fantastic recipe here! For the toppings I used: red peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, parcooked bacon lardons and mozzarella.
Bringing The Pizza Together
I used half the dough for a medium cast iron pan. Feel free to use all of it is you have a big enough pan. If you do, increase cooking time!
Heat small cast iron medium heat. Preheat oven 425F. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Add dough, veggies meat, cheese.
Bake 17-20 minutes, until the crust is crunchy on the outside…
Light and fluffy on the inside.
Hot damn this was incredible! Absolutely delicious if you like deep dish pizza. The sauce, the bacon, the veggies with that crispy but heavenly dough… Honestly, I do not know how I am going to go back to ordinary pizza after this. This was so good!!! Heating the cast iron and crisping the dough before it goes into the oven worked perfectly.
Because of my having to move, I have had to go out way more than I am comfortable with during the pandemic. I have needed a pantry, cooking supplies… Remember, this is the first place of my own since I moved back to Toronto from Vancouver. The one thing I can do is make takeout-style food at home and where to start? Pizza. All takeout begins with pizza. Next? Probably burgers but I am not sure yet.
What takeout have you been missing?