Anyway that is all beside my point here, one of the things Court said she felt so grown up about was the fact that she regularly bakes with yeast, something she didn't used to do. Then in the comments my friend Stephanie said she must not be grown up because she still hadn't ventured into baking with yeast. So I thought, I'll give Stephanie, and anyone else who wants to try it, my favorite pizza crust recipe. This recipe will make you feel good because it's easy, it involves yeast and it tastes yummy. This crust is so simple and it works perfectly every time. Once my mom came to stay and made the crust for me and hers turned out even better than mine. So don't have your very Marthaish Mom make this if you're trying to feel good about yourself, and don't give yourself too much credit, it's so easy anyone can do it. I bet by next week even Hallie will be making it. But I can't take the credit for it, Katie my sister gave it to me and she got it from someone named Jay via Allrecipes.com. But I think once you've made a recipe at least 10 times you own it and can call it your own. So for the purposes of this post I'm calling it:
Nancy's (by way of Katie and Jay) Grown-Up Pizza Crust
(if you're noticing that it looks like I didn't use sauce on this pizza it's because I used ranch dressing instead of tomato sauce, a favorite pizza parlor trick of mine. Okay I stole it from my Mom, but that is beside the point.)
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. brown sugar (I put a little more)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Directions: In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast, brown sugar and honey in the water and let sit 10 minutes. Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 and 1/2 cups of the flour. Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should usually take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form into two tight balls of dough (enough for two good sized crusts). Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake at 425 degrees. Bake pizza in preheated oven until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Note: when I first started making this I would use my KitchenAid, but my mom showed me that you don't even need to use it, and then you don't have to wash all the parts. I just use a big bowl, a whisk and a good old-fashioned wooden spoon. But feel free to use your grown-up KitcheAid or Bosch, whatever makes you happy!
P.S. that was a really long, drawn-out story to get to one simple recipe. Now you kind of know what it's like to hang out with me.