I've been trying to perfect a pizza dough recipe to replicate my favorite place, the Mellow Mushroom. I am awful close. This one was the best to date, bar none.
1.25 cups of spring water (bottled)
2 tsp molasses
Heat the water and molasses to 117*, stir well to dissolve the molasses.
Add 2 tsp rapid rise yeast, stirring as you add to dissolve. Let yeast activate and bloom for at least 20 minutes.
In mixer bowl combine
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp table salt
1 tsp garlic granules
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients until it comes together. Once it forms a dough ball add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Then knead for 20 minutes. At the very end of the kneading process add 1.5 tsp each of minced dried basil and oregano. Continue kneading just to combine. Form into 2 balls, lightly flour, and allow to rise loosely covered at room temp for 3 hours.
Form pizzas and bake on a well heated pizza stone at 550* for 10-12 minutes. I start mine on a pizza screen until the dough is firm enough to transfer it to the pizza stone - roughly halfway through the cook.
The interior of the crust was springy and chewy, the exterior was crisp and crunchy. I am getting close, but I thought this one was good enough to share.