There are deadlines and grades to worry about now. Leftovers and eating out will probably replace my meals. Even though I have not yet figured out the best time to study and my workout schedule – there is a plethora of positive energy around me, a strong feeling of determination and confidence.
You may ask what does thin crust pizza have anything to do with my confidence? or being a grad student? Couple of things actually..If you need to boost up your confidence – use this no-fail recipe to make a thin crust pizza, I promise, you’ll get it right (given that you will follow the directions). And if you don’t have time or have a quiz due – this is your recipe. Save it right now because the rising time is zero – 1.5 hours. From my experience, if the dough is not allowed to rise, the resulting crust is less crispy and very flat.
Makes two 10-inch pizzas
3/4 cups lukewarm water (microwave water for about 10-15 seconds)
1/2 teaspoon active-dry or instant yeast
2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
– Stretch the dough out into a 10-12 inch circle on a piece of parchment paper with a thin layer of olive oil.
– Bake it for 5-7 minutes.
– Remove from the oven, spoon your favorite pizza sauce onto the center of the pizza and use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges.
– Add on your toppings, bake for additional 4-6 minutes until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted.
– Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before slicing.
-Repeat the same steps with the remaining dough or leave it in the refrigerator, covered for later use.
For the toppings: I used store bought pasta sauce, sliced onions, finely shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, and sliced mushrooms.
-I would love to hear your time management tips.
-What are some of your favorite pizza toppings?