Thursday, January 19, 2012

New York Pizza Crust

For lunch on Saturday, my husband and I decided to go to Este Pizza, a local pizza place that he has had several times with some buddies, but I had never tried. They advertise "real New York pizza," which is hard to find when you live more than 2000 miles away from the Big Apple. We loved their thin crust, and flavorful pizza sauce so much that we had to go home and try to make it ourselves. After doing a little bit of research, we finally settled on this recipe - which was posted by a couple of different people on their blogs and on recipe websites. It was a decent crust, although I think my normal crust would have tasted pretty similar if I had rolled it out pretty thin and baked it on a high temperature.

1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour

Combine water, yeast, sugar, and 1/2 cup flour in a mixing bowl and let rest for 10-15 minutes or until yeast has activated and mixture becomes foamy. Add olive oil, salt, and 2 cups flour, stirring until well combined. Knead for ten minutes, adding flour to reduce stickiness as necessary. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil, cover, and let rise for approximately 2 hours or until double in size. 

Roll out dough so it is VERY thin. Cook dough for 8 minutes on 425° before adding toppings, then spread New York style sauce over it, and top with mozzarella cheese and the toppings of your choice. Bake until crust is light brown and crispy.

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