Deep Dish Garlic, Artichoke, and Spinach Pizza
One of my goals this year is to overcome my fear of yeast. Before, if a recipe would list yeast as one of the ingredients, I would immediately bypass it, because it intimidated me. I have good reason for this fear, because anytime in the past that I had made a recipe with yeast in it, the results were pretty dismal. Usually it wouldn’t rise, and the bread would be flat and tasteless. Most of those failures were in the distant past, so I decided it was time to over come my fear, and learn how to work with yeast, even if I had to fail many times over in the process. This pizza was my first effort in overcoming my fear, and amazingly it turned out great – twice !
I found this recipe on Cooking Classy’s blog, and as soon as I saw it, just could not get this pizza out of my mind. It was different from other pizza’s, and looked so creamy and delicious. She gives very detailed directions, so I’m sure that is one of the main reasons that it turned out. I used my candy thermometer to make sure the water temperature was just right, in order to maximize my chances for success. Being February, the house was kind of cold, so I turned my oven on 200 degrees for about 10 minutes and then turned it off so I would have a warm place for the dough to rise.
I was very nervous as I opened the door of the oven to see if the dough was rising, and amazingly it was! What a satisfying feeling.
Jeff is not a big spinach or white sauce lover, but even he really liked this pizza. There are 3 kinds of cheeses which is part of what makes this recipe so delicious. The first time I tried it, I even added feta cheese as well, and it was a wonderful addition. I am happy that I am not going to shy away anymore from recipes just because they have yeast in them. That opens up a whole new world of breads, pizzas, and cinnamon rolls to try now. I’m sure there will be disasters along the way, but hopefully each failure will help me to learn how to succeed with yeast in the future. Now, if I could only overcome my fear of snakes!
For the Crust: For the Pizza: Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on Cooking Classy
Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
For the Crust:
For the Pizza:
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, originally found on Cooking Classy