Is there a food item more popular right now than stuffed pizza crust pizza? You see the ads all over the place.
Stuffed pizza crusts have cash registers ringing again at pizza franchise stores. It seems that adding cheese to the crust did more than bring a new twist to the stodgy old pizza. The perceived value increased for sure, but it gave pizza chains just what they wanted, the ability to raise prices on an already highly marked-up food item.
For this reason and to actually introduce you to a better pie, we’ll tackle making a stuffed pizza crust at home. It’ll cost you much less and taste a lot better. Plus you can make it any way you like.
Just four ingredients; flour, water, oil and yeast are all it take to make stuffed pizza crust dough. Get on the Internet to find a simple, generic recipe.
Measure out the flour and pour it onto a cutting board. Make a mound, then make a hollow well in the center of it about 6″ in diameter. Pour the warm water into it with the yeast added. Stir it for a couple of minutes. You will see the water turn cloudy then a slight foam will form. This lets you know the yeast has been activated. Finally, add your oil.
Next start pulling the flour from the edges into the wet mixture. Do this carefully so as not to break the “dam” of flour. Continue this until the mixture is quite thick, then pull all the flour into the mass. Keep folding it into itself until a ball of stuffed pizza crust dough forms.
Add flour as needed to keep the stuffed pizza crust dough from sticking to you and the cutting board. Knead until the dough ball is resilient to touch and shiny smooth.
The yeast is now given time to do its work. Put the stuffed pizza crust dough into a covered bowl and let it sit in a warm place for a couple hours. It should double in size.
Most dough recipes make enough for one very large pizza or two smaller ones. Depending on your needs you can cut the dough in half and freeze the other half or make one big pizza with all the dough.
Roll out the dough to the thickness desired. Begin placing cheese sticks or grated cheese in a narrow row about 1 1/2″ in from the edge of the pizza and go all the way around.
Next, begin folding the dough over the cheese and pressing the flap into the dough on the inside of the cheese row. Continue all the way around the pie this way.
Guess what? You just made your first stuffed pizza crust shell! Now go get those toppings, load it up and shove it in the oven!
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