First- Gather Your Ingredients.
1 cup hot water (110 degrees), 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp active dry yeast, 2-3 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp dried basil
Second- Ready The Yeast
I put the water, sugar, and then the yeast in my kitchen aid mixer. Then wait for it to get all nice and bubbly
Third- Add The Rest
Next add the basil and 2 cups of flour. Then mix with the dough hook. Now here is where it might get tricky for some. After you get everything all mixed in touch the dough. If it is very sticky you need to add a bit more flour. After you add flour turn the mixer back on. After its mixed stop it and touch it again. It should be moist to the touch but not sticky enough to get stuck to you.
Fourth- Cover and Let Rise
When dough is double in sized. Punch it down and recover. Let rise again until it is double in size again.
Fifth- Roll It Out
Put a couple of tbsp of olive oil on your baking dish of choice and roll out the dough, either circle or rectangle works just fine.
Sixth- Add Topings
You are only going to put toppings on half of the dough. Once all the toppings are on the dough you are going to fold over the other half and press the edges to create the pocket. When adding toppings I normally alternate a topping with cheese. For ours I usually use ground sausage, pepperoni, ham, and salami. Then for the cheese I use mozzarella, extra sharp cheddar, and occasionally crumbled goat cheese. I also like to add a little garlic powder to the top and a little melted butter.
In a preheated oven bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your dough. It will be a nice golden brown color when it is finished.
|A bad attempt. What can I say I was in a hurry this night :(|
Kind of self explanatory but remove from the oven, cut into pieces, and eat!