Pesto Pizza Crust


Pesto Pizza Crust

I am having a serious problem! Every time I do food posts, I get a massive craving. It is stronger than when I am pregnant. I seriously have to change dinner plans tonight, just to make this. Anyway, I found this recipe years ago. I can’t remember the source, something of which I am seriously kicking myself for not saving at the time. I try my best to site where I find things, but half of my recipes, I don’t remember. I know the original recipe was a Copycat Pizza Hut or a Secret Pizza Hut Recipe. Something like that.
Pesto Pizza Crust
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons yeast (1 Tbsp)
1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
4 Tablespoons Pesto (or olive oil)
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons sugar
2 2/3 cups warm water
(For Halfsies on the dough, scroll to the bottom)
I have only ever used a bread maker to make this pizza crust. I put in all dry ingredients, and then the liquid on top and put it on the dough setting. I’ve explained how my bread maker works to a friend and she used it in a kitchen aid or bosch and it turned out the same. With that you want to use a dough paddle. Put all ingredients into the mixer, except the yeast. My maker slowly pulses the ingredients for 3 minutes. Then it starts mixing on a low setting for 2 minutes. Drop in the yeast and continue to mix on a low setting for 8 minutes until all the ingredients are combined and a ball of dough forms. Then in rests for 25 minutes with a little heat added. It mixes on low for 4 minutes and then it rises for 15 more minutes with warm heat. Once my bread maker is done, I let it sit another 10-15 minutes before I start rolling it out.
If you don’t have a bread maker or a mixer, you can do this by hand. Put the yeast and warm water in a large bowl, stir well and let sit for a few minutes. Add in the sugar, salt, garlic and onion powder, pesto (or olive oil), and baking powder. Stir well and then add in the flour and stir until the dough forms. At this point I start pushing the dough ball around in the bowl to gather up all the flour. Once the flour is combined well, dump it onto a flat surface and continue to knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and put the dough back in to rise for about an hour. I preheat my oven and set the bowl on the back of the oven. I know some people put it in the microwave with a bowl of warm water next to it.
Once the dough is risen, it is time to start rolling it out. Preheat your oven to 425-450. Depending on the pan you are using, this can make 4 pizzas, so divide it into 3-4 sections. I pinch my dough off. When I cut it with a pizza cutter, I don’t get a circle. You can sprinkle flour to roll it, but I don’t like floury dough, so I spray my counter with cooking spray to roll it out. Just spray the counter and the top of the dough, and you are good to go. See my videos below to see how I roll it out.
Once it is on the pan, use a fork to poke holes in the crust, to prevent it from bubbling. Prebake the crust for about 8 minutes. It might need more time. You don’t want it crispy(like what my cheese pizza turned out like), just cooked through.
Take it out of the oven. Now here comes the fun part, We love even more flavor! Spread a thin layer of butter on top of the crust. I use salted, since mine is soft and ready to go. Once that is done, lightly sprinkle Lawry’s Garlic Salt on top. Then, using a spatula, flip the pizza over. This buttery garlic side will be the first thing that hits your tongue when you take a bite.
This is the good stuff.
Now I am the queen of using what I have. If you don’t have Pesto, I always use the 4 Tbsp olive oil and then I add in minced garlic (probably about 1 Tbsp) and dried basil (maybe 2 tsp)
If you wanted to make Pesto for the crust,
 
Pesto
1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup Real grated parmesan cheese (not the powder)
1/4 cup olive oil
 2 Tbsp Pine Nuts
Blend in a food processor. Use the 4 Tbsp of the pesto in the crust. Refrigerate the rest.
 Once you’ve flipped the crust, top it as desired. Sauce, cheese, toppings. Put it back in the oven and bake until done. About 10 minutes or so.
 This crust was slightly over baked in the prebake stage.
 This is a Kevin and Natali favorite. Don’t diss till you’ve tried, unless you hate pineapple, then I guess you can skip. Going back to ham is so bland.
See the video below for the braided pizza.
See how dry that crust looks. Just spread that butter and sprinkle the garlic salt, and BAM! Perfection.
You’ll bake the braid pizza for about 15 minutes. I honestly never check the time since I only have 2 racks and I am making 4 pizzas. I just peek in and see if it looks done.
Sorry I angled it wrong. I couldn’t tell till after I was done making it.
Measurements for Half of the Pizza Dough
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast (1/2 Tbsp)
1/4 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Pesto (or olive oil)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water

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