It took a few times to master the dough. I wanted a pizza dough that had lots of flavor and was made with beer. I have found the secret to my crust was to warm up the beer before adding it to the dry ingredients. I took my favorite pizza ingredients—assorted colorful bell peppers, fresh mozzarella, hot Italian sausage, garlic and fresh herbs—and came up with a very delicious pizza! —gourmetpompey
Test Kitchen Notes
This recipe makes A LOT of dough, as in more than just one pizza. It took up my entire pizza stone and then rose so much... But the dough and toppings are actually quite good, so I would make this again—except I would half the dough (freeze one ball for later) and then proceed as normal. I used a brown ale and it worked really well and was quite tasty. Even though it was super doughy, we still enjoyed it for dinner. —Kate Robertson
whole wheat flour
sliced red bell pepper
sliced green bell pepper
sliced yelllow bell pepper
sliced orange bell pepper
Pizza sauce; I pick a good kind with maybe garlic or basil in it and low sodium.
hot Italian sausage, cut up; cook sausage until just slightly pink
fresh chopped garlic
fresh mozzarella—nice thick slices for the top of the pizza
In a large mixing bowl add the first 7 ingredients and mix well.
Warm up the beer and water together in a glass measuring cup, about 1 minute in the microwave.
Add the warm beer and water to the dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon.
Place dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times just to shape into a nice round ball. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl and coat the dough. Cover tight with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 2 hours let rise until it fills the inside of the bowl.
Roll the dough out onto a flour surface roll the dough big enough to fit on your pizza stone, or pizza pan. I use a stone, which makes it nice and crispy. Spread the pizza sauce and then top it with shredded mozzarella, then the bell peppers, garlic, and hot Italian sausage (cook the sausage until slightly pink in a sauté pan before adding it to the pizza). Then layer on the fresh mozzarella slices.
Place pizza in a preheated 350° F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Slice and enjoy!