The other day when I was cookin' up a storm, I didn't plan very well for oven time. I was recycling some leftovers into pizzas and making an apple pie.
It turned out to be a very happy accident!
I had made some homemade pizza dough, and while it was rising I started on the pie. Put the pie in the oven, punched down the dough, rolled it out, brushed it with olive oil and made it into pizzas.
Usually, I put the pizzas right into the oven - that's what I've always done - but I couldn't. There was a pie in there...and it still had 30 minutes to go. Plus, the pie bakes at 375, and I bake the pizzas at 425 or hotter.
There wasn't much to do but wait, so I just left the pizzas on top of the stove while the pie finished up. And while the pizzas sat there for half an hour, the dough rose perfectly. It was the best I've ever had a homemade crust turn out. Light, chewy, very, very nice.
So the next time you make homemade pizza, make it early and give the crust some time to rise. I know I will from now on!
Note: The crust recipe I use can be found here. Thank you, Jay, whoever you are! And duh...it says right in the recipe to let it rise 15-20 minutes. All I'd ever done is copy down the ingredients and then wing it. Still...I stand by this tip, mostly because I took the time to type it out, hee hee.
-Laura at TenThingsFarm