Wednesday, August 18, 2010

California Pizza Kitchen Crust

We had eaten at California Pizza Kitchen a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. A few years ago--maybe 4 or 5, our friend Koreena Renard had us over for dinner and made this crust. I asked her for the recipe and found some more instructions on line. I made this for my parents and Karen this last week. I doubled the recipe and put all the dough ingredients in the bread maker. It was excellent and fed 7 adults with leftovers! We made 4 different pizzas!

California Pizza Kitchen Crust

1 t.yeast
1/2 cup plus 1 T. warm water (105-110)
1 1/2 c. flour
2 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1 T. olive oil / plus 1 t. for coating
(if making whole wheat crust you would use 1c.flour and 1/2c.wheat flour and change the sugar to 5t.honey)

Dissolve yeast in water. Set aside 5-10min. Combine all ingredients and yeast, in bowl until smooth and elastic. Roll into ball, lightly oil ball. Place in sealed bowl at room temperature until doubled 1 1/2-2 hours. Then punch down dough, reform into ball. Cover again and refrigerate overnight - this is what makes it chewy! 2 hours before you are ready to assemble your pizza, remove dough from refrigerator. Divide into 2 equal portions (or 4 or 6 if you have doubled or tripled the recipe).

Roll smaller doughs into round balls on smooth surface. Place dough balls in glass casserole dish,(I used a 9x 13 pan for my 4 dough balls) spaced far enough apart to allow for each to double in size. Seal dish with plastic wrap. Leave at room temperature until the dough has doubled in size. (about 2 hours). Should be smooth and puffy.

Sprinkle dusting of flour on counter. Use your hand or rolling pin to press dough down forming a flat circle about 1/2 inch thick. Continue outward stretching until you reach a 9 inch diameter pizza.( I made it thinner so got about 12 inch circles)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Recipe calls for using a pizza stone if you have it.
Put on pizza ingredients and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.

*I have started to use the bread machine to do the dough part because I've been lazy- this works just fine and then follow rest on directions:
Makes 2 9 inch pizzas.