Ryan Reynolds, Rising Dough and Really Good Pizza

Remember when Little Cesar's Pizza did the whole "PIZZA PIZZA" thing with the two pizzas on the double wide cardboard box? If you have trouble recalling just look at the tire around my waist and it might jolt your memory. I kid, there's no tire.  Total six pack. Hard as stone. In fact I just cracked an egg on pecs. Ryan Reynolds calls me for workout tips. And to bring it home...who else is waiting to Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place (staring Ryan Reynolds) to come out on Netflix. Get on it Netflix Gods.  

But back to reality.  Pizza. 

For a period of about 5 days I was craving homemade pizza. And I foolishly promised the roommate that I would whip one up about three days in a row and everyday something came up. So finally I followed through and we binged on a Sunday afternoon on what was a pretty damn good pizza. Certainly no "PIZZA PIZZA" (hell there was only one to eat) but tasty. And so easy.

There is no reason you couldn't do this on your own. It just clearly takes 5 days of empty threats and serious cravings. Or just getting your $h!t together.  

Here's the crust recipe I used: 

Pizza Dough
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentits (she Italian-ish right?) - and my own notes

1 1/2 cups warm water, 100 to 110 degrees F
1 (1/4 oz) packet active dry yeast
5 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 salt
Olive Oil, for drizzling


Put the water in a bowl. Add yeast and stir until disolved.  ***Now I threw in about a tablespoon of sugar.  Remember that yeast are living creatures that need loving until you bake them to death in an oven and eat them. So might as well make them happy with a final meal of sugar. Then let them sit and get all foaming in the mouth. I'm not kidding. Just let the yeast mixture sit there until it gets nice and foamy.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour and salt together. Add the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add a little extra water, 1 Tablespoon at a time. If the dough is to sticky, add some flour. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and with floured hands work out all your sexual frustrations. I mean kneed until smooth. About 10 to 12 mins or the amount of time you wished he spent on you.  Drizzle the inside of a clean bowl with olive oil. Toss the dough around to coat it and then cover bowl with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel. Place in a warm corner and forget about it until it doubles in size.  Punch down the dough at this point and portion out into three equal balls. Place on floured surface and cover again with plastic wrap or damp towel. Walk away. Have a glass of wine. Come back and roll out into a pizza crust. Cover with whatever your fancy is and bake away!

Also you are required to eat it all in one sitting. Nobody likes a lightweight eater.