Thursday, June 28, 2012

Zesty Pizza Crust

I thought after I finished school that life with a newborn would slow down but... I was wrong! Life is so busy. Yesterday I was looking for a quick pizza crust recipe to be ready before my husband got home from work and didn't fail me. I figured if over 1,000 people had tried it and liked it I probably would too! 

The one thing I have to add to this recipe is a secret I learned from my husband. When he was in high school he worked at a pizza place and when he took me there for the first time I loved it! When I asked what the secret was... my husband said, "ranch seasoning powder." They sprinkle ranch powder on the crust before it's cooked and it is delicious! Go ahead, on a day you are pressed for time but still want pizza... try this crust with some ranch seasoning powder and enjoy! :)

Zesty Pizza Crust
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. Hidden Valley Seasoning Mix

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Knead until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or stone. Spread the crust with the softened butter and sprinkle the ranch powder on top. 
  5. Bake crust for 5 minutes before adding toppings. Remove from oven.
  6. Spread with desired toppings and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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