COOKING WITH BEER: McCHOUFFE PIZZA DOUGH

Whilst we are doing our beer tastings and subsequent discussion about what we drink, the subject of food pairing often comes up. We feel that this is not only relevant, but extremely important to discuss. We should probably be thinking a little bit more about beer and food, we are all chefs after all. The use of beer as an ingredient, comes up much less frequently in our conversations. Again, we probably should be talking about this a lot more!
A few weeks ago we gave pumpkin ale pretzels a try. They were mediocre at best. This doesn’t mean we have given up on the idea, it just needs a second attempt. We have also talked about using maple ale to replace the water or milk in a pancake recipe. I don’t think any of us have been brave enough to tackle this one yet, but I’m sure it will happen some time in the near future. It would be the perfect “hair of the dog” breakfast for a bunch of beer geeks.
Last week I gave beer pizza dough a try. This is nothing new and has been done a million times, so don’t expect anything crazy or revolutionary here. It’s a simple and great tasting thin crust pizza dough. And who doesn’t like beer and pizza? I used McChouffe (see our review on this beer) , a brown ale from Belgium, but feel free to substitute your favorite beer. Give it a try, and let us know how your beer pizza turns out.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 tsp Dry Active Yeast
1 tsp Honey
1/4 cup Warm Water
3/4 cup Beer
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Dissolve yeast and honey in the warm water. Allow yeast to come alive and become frothy. This takes about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, salt, olive oil, beer, and yeast mixture.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until a dough ball is formed.
  4. Knead on a well floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Put dough ball in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp dish towel, put in a warm place, and let rise for 2 hours, or until it doubles in size.
  6. Divide dough into two, work each ball by placing it on the counter and rolling your hand around the ball in a circular motion. Think to your childhood, and making Play-doh balls, but don’t eat any! Let each ball rest, covered in towel for 1 hour.
  7. Roll out dough on floured surface, into thin round pizza shape. Roll out as this as you can without tearing the dough.
  8. Place on pizza pan, top it with your favorite sauce and ingredients, and cook in preheated 500 degree (or more if your oven allows) oven for 10-14 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!!
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