This week I am not sure if it is a tip or just a great way of doing something that everyone probably already knows about.
Anyway, I have discovered a wonderful recipe for making Pizza Dough, curtesy of Sophie Gray, The Destitute Gourmet.
The part of the recipe I love and think you can do with any dough making is how she gets the dough to rise.
When you have finished kneading the dough, place in a greased bowl and cover with greased glad wrap, then place in the microwave on low power for 1 minute. Rest for 10 minutes (in the microwave), then low power for 1 minute and then finally rest for a further 10 minutes.
The dough will now have risen to double its size and be ready to shape.
For the base:
2 heaped cups of plain flour
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 satchet instant yeast
1/3 cup milk
2/3 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 200c
In a large bowl combine all base ingredients.
Mix to form a dough then knead on a floured bench for around 5 minutes till smooth, springy and elastic.
Dust the dough with flour as required during kneading.
Place dough in a clean greased bowl and cover with greased glad wrap.
Place in microwave on low power for 1 minute, rest for 10 minutes, low power for 1 minute and rest for another 10 minutes.
Whilst dough is in the microwave prepare your favorite toppings
When the dough is doubled in size, punch it down and roll out to desired shape, either 1 large pizza or several small ones (makes 4 nice small ones) place on a baking tray.
Decorate with your favorite toppings.
Allow dough to rise a little then bake in the pre heated oven for 15 minutes or until the dough is golden and the topping piping hot.
This recipe is wonderful to make with the kids. Check this out to see my 2 helping make the dough. They then decorate the tops themselves before they go in the oven.