This post was not supposed to be about pizza. Really. It was supposed to be about Rosemary Lemonade. And still is. Kind of. I get there eventually.
My family loves pizza. Usually we grab it when we are out, and it’s usually mediocre. With pizza shops almost as abundant as coffee shops, it’s surprisingly hard to find really amazing pizza. Anyone else have this problem?
I usually just make it at home because mine is tastier and much more satisfying. It’s taken me a long time, and much trial and error, but I finally found a pizza crust recipe that is exactly what it should be: kind of thin, kind of crispy, kind of chewy, very delicious.
Even though I’ve got the recipe down, we still go out for pizza because it takes a while to make it. And sometimes I’m lazy. But almost every time we go out for pizza, I end up regretting it later, knowing I could have done it better.
Anyway, a few months ago we found the perfect pizza. I’m pretty stingy with compliments about food, but Tutta Bella is where it’s at! Blows every other pizza out of the water! This is not a restaurant critique, but I will just say their fantastic crust and high quality toppings make this the only place I want to go for pizza. Ever.
Anyway, while browsing the menu, I saw they had a sparkling rosemary lemonade (told ya I’d get here). I was intrigued. In the summer I will usually bash up a few basil leaves and toss them into my lemonade. Wow! That changes boring lemonade to something wonderful. But theirs has rosemary and is sparkling? Of course I ordered it, and it was divine!
So, a few days later, we mixed some up at home. I have no idea if this is exactly like theirs, but it’s exactly like my memory of theirs. It is fantastic and only takes a few minutes to make it.
Below that, I’m including my recipe for pizza crust. Only because I’ve talked about pizza so much that I have a feeling I’ll need to make it soon. I don’t have a picture of the pizza crust, but it’s supposed to look like pizza crust-I’m sure you don’t need a picture for that. If you’re not going to Tutta Bella, try this crust recipe out.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 5 cups soda water
- Make simple syrup with sugar and water. In a two or three quart pitcher mix the bashed up rosemary, simple syrup, lemon juice and soda water. Enjoy over ice! I know it is ridiculously easy. Try it out and be amazed!
- 2 1/2 cups AP flour, plus 1/2 cup more for dusting
- 1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) yeast
- 2 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 cup very warm water
- 2 TBSP olive oil plus 1 tsp
- Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500 degrees.
- Mix flour, yeast, salt, sugar, warm water, and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Mix until well blended either by hand or in stand mixer.
- Knead on floured surface or in stand mixer for 10 minutes-until dough is smooth and not sticky.
- Lightly grease large mixing bowl with 1 tsp olive oil. Put dough in bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in warm spot for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
- This recipe makes 2 9x13 pizza crusts. Cut dough in half, roll out, or stretch it, or sit on it until it grows to the right size, shoot, no one reads this far down anyway, so somehow you can figure it out, I'm sure. If anyone sees this part about ninjas, let me know. Par bake on preheated pizza stone for 5 minutes. Add toppings and put pizza back in oven just long enough for cheese to melt.
This post is being shared on TwoYellowBirdsDecor.