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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jessica's quick air fryer pizza

Jessica's quick air fryer pizza

Well, the title says it all.  This recipe (the first official air fryer recipe) is dedicated to my friend Jessica.  She asked me to come up with some easy, tasty, air fryer recipes. 
I thought a great first recipe would be pizza.  This pizza dough is so easy to make too.  It is full of flavor, and the whole recipe from start to finish is under 30 minutes.  
It is for one single pizza (air fryers are only so big) but they come together so fast, you could double the recipe.  I am just putting the instructions for the crust.  Everyone loves their own pizza.  For the one I made today, I put some sauce on the bottom, some sweet bell peppers, mushrooms (shocker) and some spinach.  It all goes on top, and you don't have to pre-cook the crust first.  

Ingredients (crust)

1 cup whole wheat flour (I used whole wheat bread flour)
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (lukewarm) 
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 teaspoons dried sweet basil (you could sub with oregano or Italian seasoning)
1 teaspoon maple syrup


In a small bowl, combine the yeast, water, and maple syrup.  Stir until the yeast is well mixed.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, or just until it starts to get some bubbles.


While that is sitting, combine the flour and the spices (onion, garlic, basil) and mix well.  If you use salt, you can add a 1/2 tsp. of it here.




After 5 minutes or so, add the yeast water to the flour.  Use a wooden spoon, and combine to form a very crumbly mess.



Not all of the flour will be stuck to this ball, and that is o.k..  Just take your hand and squish it all together to form a loose pile of crumbs.  (see illustration above)

Now, pour the ball and all its unhooked followers on to a clean work surface (I used a large cutting board)  Work as much of the loose crumbles into the dough (yes, you will knead this for about 5 minutes)  just until the dough is smooth and you can form a small ball.  (again, if it all doesn't go in, don't worry, you want a smooth ball, that is slightly moist)
Now let the dough sit and rest for 5 minutes. (just enough time to clean up that mess you just made)


After it has rested, and you have cleaned up your mess, you are ready to roll this ball out.  You want it to be about 1/4 inch thick.  When you have rolled it out nice and even, you will put the bottom of the basket for your air fryer on top of it, and push down (like a cookie cutter) and it will give you the size and shape you need.



After you cut it to size (there will be a little left over, you can toss, eat, or do the hokey pokey with those scraps)
Place the crust in the bottom of the basket now.


Now, go to town.  Put sauce, veggies, fruit......pretty much whatever you want on the pizza.  Try not to make it too overloaded, otherwise its hard to get out.
Place into your air fryer, and set to 360° for 12 minutes (13 minutes for more crispy)
After it is done, take out and let rest for a minute or two.  The secret to getting out of the basket is to take a fork, lift up the side, and put a spatula under it.  Turn the basket just a little and it comes right out.  IF NOT, just go around each edge with a fork and put the spatula under to loosen.  
Cut your pizza from corner to corner, and enjoy!!





I hope you enjoy this pizza.  After the first time you make, it will be super simple and you can make so many different kinds.  You could use different kinds of seasonings and toppings and have pizza every day!
**Because of the many types of flours, you may need to adjust the cook time a bit.  You may increase in 1 minute increments until the desired crispiness.  This should only be the first time you make***

4 comments:

  1. what is the whole wheat bread flour that you use? That looks great Michael.

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    1. Hello Cynthia. I use King Arthur brand. :)

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  2. I attempted to make this twice, making sure I had all quantities correct, temperature correct and timing correct. Each time the crust came out mushy ànd the toppings over cooked. Any suggestions?

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