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Basic Pizza Dough from www.tasteandtellblog.com

I’m back to my Daring Baker’s Challenges! I missed the last 2 – and I really thought that I would have to drop out because this pregnant body has been having a hard time completing anything that takes longer than 45 minutes in the kitchen. But since I’m not working anymore, I have a bit more time, and I’m able to spread things out so that my body can take it!

This month’s challenge was chosen by Rosa from Rosa’s Yummy Yums – Peter Reinhart’s Basic Pizza Dough. I was excited to try this out for 2 reasons – 1st, because I love pizza! and 2nd, because I really like Peter Reinhart’s recipes. And really, I’m surprised this worked out becasue I ran into a few problems!

  • I mis-read the recipe, thinking it was a tablespoon of yeast instead of a teaspoon. After I added the yeast, I had to scoop out most of it, so I really have no idea how much yeast I ended up with!
  • I lost track of time on the day I was making the pizza, so they only rested for about an hour instead of 2.
  • I couldn’t even attempt to toss the dough because it was so soft. Just picking it up to transfer it stretched it enough! I’m guessing it’s because of the amount of yeast? but I really don’t know.

Basic Pizza Dough from www.tasteandtellblog.com

But it was delicious! It got a thumbs up from my husband, and I eagerly ate my slices. We did 2 versions. The first had a pesto/ranch sauce (just a mixture of pesto and ranch dressing), topped with chicken and cheese. The second one my husband requested – sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and olives.

We’ve got 4 more balls of crust in the freezer, which I’m excited about to have more pizza nights!!

For the recipe, visit Rosa’s site, and visit the rest of the Daring Bakers here!

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40 Responses to Basic Pizza Dough {The Daring Bakers}

  1. kat says:

    Sounds like your dough was like mine in that it seems too soft to throw & yet mine sat long enough & I used the right amount of yeast…oh well..

  2. Maria says:

    glad you tried this one. Your pizza looks terrific!! I love pesto on pizza!

  3. Ingrid says:

    Glad to hear that it all worked out for you in the end and your pizzas looked terrific!

  4. Barbara Bakes says:

    Pesto and ranch sounds like a great combination!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your pizza looks great, nonetheless! I bet it tasted wonderful! Scrumptious! Very well done…



  6. Mary says:

    Your pizza looks great despite your problem with the yeast. Which of your 2 pizza’s did you prefer

  7. Passionate About Baking says:

    Pesto & ranch is a combination that rocks…& I lved the second on too. Great looking pizzas. I'm envious that you still have dough in the freezer; mine is history!!

  8. Rosie says:

    I am pleased you took part in this D.B. challenge. Your pizza looks lovely and scrummy despite the yeast problem.

    Rosie x

  9. Ben says:

    Welcome back to the DB! If your husband gave you thumbs up then it must have been delicious!

  10. Courtney says:

    I am glad that it worked out even with the yeast. i thought i read it wrong and it was suppose to have a tbsp and not tsp. I just went with it and didnt look to see if I did it wrong cause I didnt want to make it again 🙂

  11. Mary says:

    Your pizzas look delicious! I think I shouldn’t have cut the recipe in half because I’m seriously wishing I had leftover balls in the freezer too!

  12. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Wonderful job on these! Glad you were able to participate and that more time allows you to do more things in the kitchen. I understand about the dough being too soft – mine was as well.

  13. glamah16 says:

    Excellent versions. The men really supported this challenge. Dont you love that you have the dough ready to go in the freezer!

  14. Patsyk says:

    I love the idea of combining pest and ranch together… yum! Both pizzas turned out so nicely!

  15. Judy@nofearentertaining says:

    Great job on the challenge! Love the toppings!

  16. Sarah says:

    glad your back to db challenges! your pizzas turned out great!

  17. Lynnylu says:

    Lovely pizzas! The pesto/ranch sounds wonderfully rich.

  18. Marisa says:

    Your pizza looks awesome! I so sympathize with not wanting to cook while you’re pregnant and sick–so good job! Now I’m craving pizza…

  19. RecipeGirl says:

    Looks great! I found that dough to be awfully stretchy too. But it was still fun to toss! You’ll enjoy the ease of just taking it out of the freezer and making dinner.

  20. Lesley says:

    Looks delish! Welcome back to posting!

  21. Coco says:

    This looks so yummy!

  22. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Delighted you were able to bake. Incredible how tired the pregnant body can get 😉
    You are so right, I couldn’t toss this at all but a fast twist of the wrist and I had a beautiful round crust. And it’s got to be good knowing you have pizza crust so close to ready and it’s this good.

  23. Dave and Amy says:

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  24. Dave and Amy says:

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  25. Abby says:

    Impressive! I didn’t cook SQUAT almost my entire pregnancy. You’re doing great!

    The pizza looks great. Wish I had some right now …

  26. Mandy says:

    Dumping too much yeast and then scooping some out sounds like something I would do. Ha!! Your pizza looks and sounds wonderful!!

  27. Darius T. Williams says:

    Ahhh -this looks GREAT!


  28. jen says:

    hub would go crazy for that pesto ranch. he pounces on anything that resembles the dressing at cafe rio.

    I thought it said 1 tablespoon too, funny. although I was lucky to notice before. I bet your dough was fluffy though. 🙂

    the softness of the dough may have been because it wasn’t chilled enough? I have no clue though, really.

  29. Erin says:

    This looks delicious! I love your choice to toppings- they both look so good!

  30. Elle says:

    The dough really was soft, but I guess that helps with the throwing?? which I didn’t master at all :). Love the sound of both flavor combos and glad you were able to do the challenge this month. Lovely post!

  31. noble pig says:

    I swear seeing all this pizza today has just made me crave it! Your’s is beautiful.

  32. Prudy says:

    Your pizza looks just beautiful-love your variations. I’m glad I can finally leave you a comment! For some strange reason, I’ve been unable to comment the last few visits. Go figure!

  33. kellypea says:

    For all your trials you came out with great pizza. The ranch pesto version would have been loved by the menfolk here. Hope you’re feeling well — it’s great that you have time off now!

  34. valerie says:

    nice receipe
    beautiful pictures
    have a nice day

  35. Jenny says:

    Nothing like a good homemade pizza! Great post!

  36. MeetaK says:

    the dough WAS indeed soft. we had trouble tossing too and it would rip each time we threw it up. Deborah I am having a giggle reading your posts at the moment because i remember how forgetful i used to be. glad you found time for this!

  37. Madam Chow says:

    My dough was really soft, too, but we LOVED the flavor and texture of the end product, and I plan on making it again.

  38. Kevin says:

    I really like the sound of that pesto and ranch sauce!

  39. kittie says:

    My dough was soft too – but I was still really happy with the end result. I’d used normal dried yeast instead of instant – I’d wondered if that had added to the softness…

  40. Kim says:

    Do you mind if I ask how you prepared the dough for freezing? If you don’t mind e-mailing me, that would be excellent.


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