Monday, April 15, 2013

Homemade Deep Dish Double Decker Pizza

I've come to the conclusion that Pizza is just about my favorite food item. (Not snack item...but food item.) When Pizza is around I don't eat it... I devour it... I can eat 2 slices in the time it takes Ott, E to eat one. I just about have to eat Pizza once a week and critique the places where we order pizza from or the brands you buy at the store to heat in the oven. I like a thick crust, a juice sauce and lots of cheese. But here recently I've found a recipe that I really like and have tweaked it to make it one of the best tasting homemade pizzas ever!!! I am not just saying that... it really is a great pizza. Hands down one of my top favorites. And the best part is I've taken all my favorite attributes of the pizza and taken it times 2. This recipe for Homemade Deep Dish Double Decker Pizza has 2 layers of thick crust, 2 layers of sauce and 2 layers of cheese, plus all your other favorite toppings. (I used Pepperoni, but you could use whatever toppings you prefer.)
Also, I'm not a fan of kneading and this recipe allows my stand mixer (with the bread hook) to do all the work.  But in case you don't have a stand mixer, I've included the kneading times in the recipe.
To start off I make my dough two hours prior to when I want to put my pizza in the oven.  (Please note you can make the dough a day ahead and put it in the refrigerator overnight.  Just remember to take the dough out of the fridge one hour before you are ready to use it.)


Dough Ingredients for a Double Layer Crust:  2 Packages Active Dry Yeast, 1 1/2 cups war water (105-110 degrees), 2 T. Sugar, 1/2 cup corn oil, 5 cups flour, 3 tsp. salt, 1 T. olive oil.

Directions:  In your stand mixer (or mixing bowl) dissolve yeast in water with sugar.  Add the corn oil and blend. Gradually add in your flour and salt at medium speed for 4 minutes.  (If kneading... after dough is mixed knead by hand for 7-8 minutes.)  Turn stand mixer to low for 4 additional minutes.  Put olive oil in a deep bowl and place dough bowl inside and turn over several times to coat the dough in the oil.  Place plastic wrap over the top of the bowl and place a kitchen towel on top of the plastic wrap and set aside to rise for two hours.  Do not punch down at any time.
Take the dough out of your bowl and divide into two even balls.  Spread one dough ball around a deep dish or spring form pan using your hands.  Be sure to push the dough up the sides and spread evenly across the bottom.
Next take about 8 slices of provolone cheese and arrange over the dough.  Then spread out half a jar of pizza sauce evenly over the sliced cheese.
Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of that.
Then add your pepperoni or whatever other toppings you choose to use.  
Now take the 2nd dough ball and spread it out on a flat surface into the shape of a circle large enough to cover your pizza.  (You can either use your hands or rolling pin to do this.)  Take the dough and cover your pizza to create the 2nd layer of crust.  Then roll the edges of the bottom crust and the new top crust together around the out rim of your pan.
And now you can again add your toppings.  I used the other half of the jar of pizza sauce, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and pepperoni.  Lastly, I took a knife and cut and couple of slits in the top of the pizza (to allow for ventilation) and then placed the pizza in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.  Allow the pizza to stand for a couple of minutes once you take it out then slice and enjoy!!!!

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2 comments:

foodie@foodieportal.com said...

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Double Decker Pizza - what an inspired idea! Your Homemade Deep Dish Double Decker Pizza looks fantastic. Talk about comfort food!