Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I love it. Generally, I prefer vegetarian pizzas over pepperoni. I’ve never been a huge fan of pepperoni pizza even when I was a kid. I know; I’m weird. Like you aren’t. I’m just saying.
Anyway, yeast has been my mortal enemy for many years. Why? Well, let’s just say there was an incident involving yeast that left me scarred permanently. Seriously, I have a scar on my stomach to prove that I battled yeast and lost!
I was making breadsticks and had heated up some water to place underneath the breadsticks to help them rise quickly. Well, as I was trying to balance the bowl and maneuver the tray of breadsticks, disaster struck. I tipped the bowl of almost boiling water onto myself.
No one’s ever compared my muscles to the Incredible Hulk, but the buttons flew when I ripped my shirt open to expose my scalded belly. My poor belly suffered second-degree burns. I suffered in silence (well, not really – I’m pretty sure I swore a lot) until my mom came home and took me to the emergency room.
So many years later (too many years to count) I still bear the scars of my breadstick-making incident. Since that fateful afternoon, I avoid making anything involving yeast. Oh sure, I eat bread. Lots and lots of bread. I just don’t make it, unless it’s a quick bread.
But I decided to be brave and throw caution to the wind. I bought some yeast and made homemade pizza dough. Successfully. Without a trip to the emergency room. Without burning myself. Yabba dabba do.
And even better – this pizza dough is delicious. It’s chewy and tender and gives you the perfect foundation to build your dream pizza. I have some more pizza dough frozen, and I’m already envisioning all the yummy pizzas I’m going to make.