I have done variations on experiment 5, none of which were truly worth noting. While making those variations, the thought of attempting a beer batter variant occurred to me. Problem is, neither my husband or I drink beer. However, there is this hard cider that has been sitting in the back of the fridge, just awaiting my realization that it wanted to be pizza crust.
I did finally come to agree with my husband that the dough is consistently lacking the kick of butter. I have been trying to avoid putting butter on after the fact because it is a hassle, and messy. So, instead , I have swapped out the Olive Oil for butter. But then I was all like... butter? Feh, I got this fancy new stuff Chef Robert Browned Butter Garlic and I want to experiment with THAT!
While I am at it, I shall rearrange the writing of the recipe to more accurately reflect the creation process.
So... here is the concoction that is
Pizza Experiment #6
1/2 c. warm water (100-105 degrees)
1 T. dry active yeast
1 t. brown sugar (for the yeast)
Combine 1/4 c. water with yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve the yeast, set aside until foamy (about 5-10 minutes)
2 c. flour
1/2 c. Woodchuck Hard Cider (Granny Smith was used this time)
2 T. Chef Robert Browned Butter Garlic (or butter... probably)
2 t. Russell's Original Spice Blend (or Salt- though a little less salt to compensate)
2 generous pinches of. Corn meal (for spreading dough)
- Mix cider, melted butter garlic (making sure the temperature doesn't go over 105)
- Add flour, salt, yeast mixture to the cider, butter mix.
- Preheat the oven at 425˚
- Knead for a few minutes until doughy.
- Move to a bowl sprayed with olive oil (to prevent sticking), cover with loose plastic wrap and let stand for 10-15 minutes.
- Dust parchment paper with corn meal, and spread the dough out on parchment.
- Add desired toppings.
- Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone using the parchment for a smooth transition.
- Bake at 425˚ for around 10 minutes- until cheese is just turning golden.
No picture today, but this was by far the best crust I have made to date. The flavor was fantastic! The texture was great! I look forward to trying this one again- changing out the cider for other liquids... like Coca Cola, or some sort of beer.