and I took a little adventure to Chicago a few years ago! It was one for the
books, I had so much fun! We had watched diners, drive-inns and dives to find
what good places to eat in Chicago! Lou Malnati’s was at the top of our list,
we loved their pizza so I thought that we should try and make our own version!
1/2 cups bread flour
cup yellow cornmeal
teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 cups water, room temperature
tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
teaspoon + 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Whisk together your flour, cornmeal, sea salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl.
Add in water and melted butter and mix on low speed, using a dough hook for
about 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Increase
the speed by one and knead until dough is glossy and smooth and pulls away from
sides of the bowl.
Coat a separate large bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil. Transfer the dough to
the new bowl, turn the dough so that it is coated with olive oil. Cover tightly
with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until nearly doubled, about
45 to 60 minutes.
Put the dough out onto the dry work surface and roll into a rectangle about ¼
inch thick. Using a spatula spread the softened butter over the surface. Then
tightly seal the side seam and on the edges. Roll dough cylinder and flatten.
Cut the rectangle into 4 even amounts of dough. Seal the seams fold into thirds
and roll into a ball. Oil a bowl and put in to the fridge over night
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat 12 inch cake pans with 2 tablespoons of
olive oil each pan. Roll out each dough into 14 inch circle place into the pan
with one inch coming up on the sides! Then coat the bottom of the dough with 2
cups of mozzarella, any toppings you want and then the sauce. After top with ¼ cup
of parmesan cheese.
Bake the pizza for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Remove the
pizza from the oven and let it rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving or
else all of your toppings will fall off!