I like to challenge myself. Yesterday’s challenge was pizza-related – and I’ll tell ya – many of my challenges involve yeast, flour and a very hot oven.. The challenge was whether or not I could make a homemade pizza faster than a pizza delivery dude could bring a pie to my house.
It’s like a race against my very self, challenge accepted, and the reward and the pizza.
The challenge is based on the idea that you might find yourself 30 minutes away from dinnertime with pizza in mind. What’s the fastest homemade route? Well it starts with a craving, Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast™, and sauce, cheese and broccoli.
The topping for this particular pizza is inspired specifically by the spicy, garlic-y, bitter broccoli found on top of a Philly Roast Port Sandwich. I skipped the pork on this pizza because that spicy broccoli is secretly my favorite part and feels very much like an overlooked pizza topping.
This recipe is made in partnership with Fleischmann’s Yeast™. I hope it inspired you to take on a yeasty baking adventure this week! You’ll be surprised how fast and simply it all comes together!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• All-purpose flour, a generous tablespoon of sugar, and a dash of salt.
• Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast™. It’s fast-acting and super reliable and will get us from zero to pizza in really so little time.
• Olive oil to add a supple fat to the pizza crust.
• Broccoli rabe, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes to top our pizza.
• Pizza sauce and sliced provolone cheese, salt and pepper – classics.
In a medium bowl (I used my stand mixer, though you can totally bring this pizza dough together by hand) combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Add the warm water and olive oil. Using a spatula, stir the wet ingredients into the dry, into a shaggy dough that the dough hook can grab ahold of. Knead on medium speed for about 4 minutes, adding a bit more flour to create a smooth ball that gathers around the dough hook in the bowl.
If you’re bringing the dough together by hand, stir and knead into a relatively smooth dough, adding a bit more flour if the dough feels too sticky.
Look at this gorgeously smooth pizza crust. The rise is already at work. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
While the dough rises for a few minutes, bring together the broccoli topping.
I chopped broccoli rabe into bite-size pieces, added minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.
Saute the mixture in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the broccoli is bright green and softened and the garlic is fragrant.
Roll out the pizza crust to a generous 1/4-inch thick and round. The dough will be pliable and feel alive as you roll it.
Spread generously with pizza sauce, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust.
Top with shredded cheese and broccoli pieces.
Add a bit more cheese too if you’re feeling it.
Bake at high heat until golden brown, until the cheese is melted and the broccoli is charred, until the crust is bubbled just slightly.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying!
Pizza challenge complete! This pizza came together seamlessly – I think faster than a delivery could have come to me. Plus it’s piping hot from the oven and made simply, with my favorite toppings. Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast™ cuts the time between craving pizza and eating pizza down to 30 minutes – a wonder, really!
All you’ve got to do is pizza-dream-it! Happy Baking!