I'm a thin-crust person. The thinner the better, as far as pizza is concerned. Never really been one for the chicago-style deep dish. I've enjoyed many a slice of the deep dish, but give me a thin crust any day.
But when I saw this post at King Arthur Flour, I just had to try it out. And KAF posts the best recipes ever! They are always spot on. So here goes. I didn't stick to the recipe, or the directions (truth is, I forgot a lot of the process), but this is such a forgiving recipe that it still came out just awesome! Please go try this at once!
There were 3 parts to this pizza in the original recipe - the dough, the sauce and the sausage. I only made the dough, the sauce was store bought and I made it vegetarian and left out the sausage. If you want to make the sauce and the sausage, check the original recipe.
(I halved the original recipe)
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/8 cup Semolina
7/8 tsp Instant Yeast
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Oil
1 tbsp melted Butter
Mix all the above ingredients. Add about 3/4 to 1 cup of water and mix together to combine. When the dough becomes soft and supple, knead for about 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a muslin cloth. Let rise for one hour.
After the initial rise, the recipe suggests to retard in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours to develop the flavor. But with an enthusiastic daughter and a hungry family, that was just not possible, so we made it almost as soon as the rise was over.
Punch down the dough and divide the into 1/4 and 3/4 by weight. For me, the smaller piece weighed 8 oz and the larger 16 oz. I wasn't being too particular, as you can tell. Now roll out the larger piece quite thin - enough to fit the 9" round cake pan, with some overhang. Butter the pan and drizzle olive oil over the bottom. Its easiest to go away for 15 minutes and let the dough relax, but I forgot to do that too (or was it that I couldn't wait to get going on this!). So I rolled it out as thin as I could and put it in the pan.
Place the larger piece in the cake pan. Cover the bottom with sausage. I didn't use sausage, so I layered sauteed mushrooms at the bottom.
I topped that with sweet corn, and then thin strips of mozzarella.
I topped the cheese with caramelized onions.
You can use whatever layers you want - what do you usually like on your pizza?
Then cover the entire thing with the smaller piece of dough.
Bring the overhanging dough over and crimp the edges. Cover the whole thing with a muslin cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes. This is a good time to preheat the oven to 220 deg C. When you return, cover the top with a layer of tomato sauce (the original recipe tells you how to make your own) - I used store-bought Arrabiata.
On top of the tomato sauce, sprinkle some cheese - any hard cheese (I used Grana Padano, just because that happens to be my favorite cheese at the moment). You could use Parmesan, which is the traditional way to go.
Now bake the pie for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
Let the pie rest for 15 minutes.
Take it out of the pan, slice into it and taste a little piece of heaven!!