I have to say I LOVE my Kitchen Aid stand mixer! It has so many uses other then making cakes. One of my favorite things to use it for is kneading bread. It is almost just as easy as a bread machine but doesn’t take up the extra counter or cabinet space. This recipe is adapted from this bread machine recipe.
Sorry for the poor pic, my family loves it & I never get a chance to take a picture before it looks like this! lol… maybe sometime soon.
Kitchen Aid Mixer with dough hook (or mix by hand & hand knead for 8 minutes)
Extra bowl, to let rise in
Tea towel or saran wrap to cover with
12oz Flat Beer (any kind with will work! lighter beers will leave it with almost no ‘beer’ flavor)
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey (can substitue white sugar, I prefer honey for flavor & it is less processed)
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 flour
3 1/2 teaspoons active yeast (I buy the jar not the small packets)
on the side also have extra olive oil, flour & corn meal
NOTE: You can also add herbs & garlic to your dough for added flavor, this is really a base recipe with endless possibilities.
Warm beer to about 105 degrees (do not over warm it or it will kill the yeast) and mix in honey & yeast. Let set while in mixer combining olive oil, flour & salt. When those are combined on low mix in the beer mixture until combined and a ball is formed by the hook. If the dough is real sticky slowly add up to 1/4c cup of extra flour.
On low allow the machine to knead the dough for 2 minutes (if making it by hand you would now knead it on a floured surface for 8 minutes)
Remove dough from hook, stick in a warm bowl place covered & allow to rise for 1 hour.
Remove dough from bowl & divide into 3 balls & on floured surface press down & roll flat. Transfer to a pan sprinkled with corn meal. Brush lightly with olive oil & let sit for 15 minutes.
Preheat over to 400 degrees F
Spread sauce & toppings on dough, bake until crust is lightly brown, about 24 minutes.