PIZZA DOUGHPREP: 10 mins COOK: 20 mins READY IN: 30 mins
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker’s peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Why science can tell you to occasionally eat pizza? READ ON!
1. Pizza tossing can save lives.
Chefs have perfected the toss of the dough, moving their hands in a circle to achieve maximum efficiency. Scientists studied their movements to design motors mimicking those circles. Except instead of tossing a rotor once a second, the motors toss them a few million times a second.
2. Pizza makes economics less boring.
According to the Pizza Principle, a loose law proposed by a New York lawyer back in the 1980s, the slice of a pizza has predicted the price of a subway ride since the ‘60s. Whether the parallel is alive is still debated, but pizza’s power as a barometer isindisputable.
3. Pizza’s so perfect, it’ll be the first food printed in space.
NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and the lucky recipient of the grant’s first choice:pizza. A meal fit for an astronaut!
4. Deep-dish pizza may have more antioxidants.
Chemists fiddled with whole-wheat pizza crusts and found that longer baking times increased antioxidants up to 60%. Even cooler (or hotter?): Higher oven temperatures upped them by as much as 82%.
5. Pizza helps you absorb lycopene better.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps ward off heart disease and other ailments. If you eat lycopene-rich foods together with a small amount of oil or fat (like, say, hot cheese), your intestines absorb more of it!
LETS BRING SOME MATH INTO THE EQUATION!
You save money!
Well, only if you’re spending it in the first place. An intrepid pizza fan at NPR’s Planet Money plotted over 70,000 pizza prices and found you should always order the larger pizza.
Why? Reach into your cobwebbed math knowledge: The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so a 16-inch pizza is four times as big as an 8-inch one!