This may only be my second post as a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador for ACH Foods, but I already feel like I have conquered my fear of yeast baking. In fact, everything that I was scared would go wrong has not happened. For my Quick Pumpkin Beer Bread, I was nervous that the bread wouldn’t rise, resulting in the longest 45-minute wait of my life. But when all was said and done, I had a fluffy, perfectly leavened loaf of brewer’s bread that was well worth the wait.
This month, I’m tackling homemade pizza crust. For our monthly pizza posts, Jeff and I have been guilty of buying refrigerated or frozen pizza dough. While it’s convenient, it’s not always all that flavorful. Additionally, it can be super elastic-y to work with, and a tad on the chewy and tough side once it’s baked. If my culinary school memory serves me correctly, I believe that means the gluten was over-developed in the dough. Bad news bears.
Using an envelope of Fleischmann’s® Pizza Crust Yeast and building off of this recipe, I was easily able to make eight mini crusts. My main fear while making the pizza dough was that it would be too sticky, and stick to the baking pan when I tried to bake it. That didn’t happen at all! The crusts slid off the baking pan with the greatest of ease. The thing I love about this recipe is that you can half-bake the crusts! You can use a few of them for dinner tonight, and then freeze the rest of the crusts for up to one month. When you’re ready to make a pizza, you just pull a crust out, put the toppings on and finish baking it!
And can we just talk about the flavor and texture of this crust? It was the complete opposite of flavorless, tough frozen dough. It had a light yeasty flavor, and it made my house smell like a pizzeria (which is a good thing, in my opinion). It was tender and just lightly chewy – the perfect texture!
Jeff is a Halloween fanatic, so we celebrate the holiday all throughout October. I thought I would surprise him with some creepy Halloween-inspired mini pizzas! Feel free to use the recipe for these mini crusts and then top them whatever toppings (spooky or not) that strike your fancy.
For the Crusts:
For the Toppings:
As a Become a Better Baker Blog Ambassador, this post was sponsored by ACH Foods through their partnership with One2One Network. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.