Pizza. There's just something about it that is so magical. The crispy yet soft crust, the melted stringy cheese, the sweet warm tomatoes. That first bite. The way the oozing sauce and cheese dribbles onto your chin. The sweet and savory flavors blending so perfectly in your mouth. It's all so enticing.
Okay, so I decided to refrigerate my dough for 24 hours before rising and baking. YES, 24 hours! Apparently it makes your pizza crust easier to work with, and gives it have a better texture and flavor. After trying it out, I concur with all of the above. It makes your pizza go from good to AMAZING. I will refrigerate my pizza dough from now on--and hey, maybe I will try it with other breads too.
This dough was incredibly pliable and absolutely perfect. I am telling you, refrigerating it is key.
I have a confession...I used to work at Papa Murphy's Pizza. You heard that right. Me (Sarah) was once an employee of the classic take'n'bake pizza franchise. I do not have many fond memories, but I did get to experiment with the dough and all the wonderful toppings. My favorite thing to do was to make the stuffed Chicago pizza with a braided crust. So here it is, the braided crust.
Creamy garlic Alfredo sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and grilled chicken. Oh yes.
The final product. Now that some lovin' in the oven.
Chicken Alfredo Pizza
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon pure olive oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Olive oil, for the pizza crust
- Flour, for dusting
- 1 cup Alfredo sauce, jazzed up with some garlic and basil
- 1/2 teaspoon herbs, oregano, basil, thyme
- A combination of 3 grated cheeses such as mozzarella, Parmesan, Monterrey Jack, provolone
- Spinach, green onions, tomatoes, grilled chicken (all chopped, of course)
- Mix the sugar, olive oil, water, and yeast a bowl. Let this sit for about 5 minutes. Then stir in 1 cup of flour and salt. Add remaining cup of flour into a standing mixer's work bowl. Using the paddle attachment, start the mixer on low and mix until the dough just comes together, forming a ball. Lube the hook attachment with cooking spray. Attach the hook to the mixer and knead for 15 minutes on medium speed. (Or you can do this by hand. Yay.)
- Roll the pizza dough into a smooth ball on the countertop. Place into a stainless steel or glass bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 18 to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven from 450 to 500 degrees F. Split the pizza dough into 2 equal parts using a knife. Flatten into a disk onto the countertop and then fold the dough into a ball.
- Wet hands barely with water and rub them onto the countertop to dampen the surface. Roll the dough on the surface until it tightens. Cover one ball with a towel and rest for 30 minutes.
- Repeat the steps with the other piece of dough. If not baking the remaining pizza immediately, spray the inside of a ziplock bag with cooking spray and place the dough ball into the bag. (This can be refrigerated for up to 6 days.)
- Sprinkle the flour onto the countertop and roll out using a rolling pin, or toss in the air with your hands. Place the stretched dough onto a sprayed pan. (Dress and bake the pizza immediately for a crisp crust or rest the dough for another 30 minutes if you want a chewy texture.)
- Brush the crust of the pizza with olive oil. Spread the pizza sauce evenly onto the pizza. Sprinkle the herbs onto the pizza and top with the cheese. Lay down spinach, green onions, tomatoes, and chicken. Top off with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown. Rest for a few minutes before slicing.