Round 1 of A Year in Bread! I think I have sufficiently convinced/browbeaten H., Shannon and hopefully Alissa to do it too -- I know H. has already made the pizza dough also.
Short story: It was great.
Long story: I went over to J.'s armed with three kinds of cheese, a thousand vegetables, fresh rosemary and basil, special bread flour, a new bottle of yeast, Trader Joe's pizza sauce, my new rising bowl from eBay and several hours in which do complete the task.
I followed Susan's recipe, mostly because it was shortest and easiest, and it truly was short and easy. One mix, three minutes of kneading, two hours of rising, spreading out the dough on the pans... that was it. Truly, I have cooked more difficult things.
I made one big pizza on a round pan and one small one on a cookie sheet. The big one had tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, peppers and red onions, basil and the cheese blend described in another one of the Year in Bread entries; the small one was sauce-less, with cheese, red onions, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.
At H.'s suggestion, I put a little olive oil on the crusts of both pizzas to make the dough chewier. It could have used a little more salt and pepper. I had been concerned that the dough hasn't risen enough, so I let it go a little longer, and I'm not quite sure it ever got as big as it should have, but it tasted great.
I would say it was worth it -- a little bit of a hassle, especially when I think about how Shannon just picked up the 99-cent bags of dough at Trader Joe's yesterday, but it was fun and a good start to this project.
Let's hear it for the next 11 months of bread...