A Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner
2 1⁄4 Cups (270g) All-Purpose Flour
1 Packet (2 1⁄4 teaspoon/7g) Instant Yeast
1 1⁄2 Teaspoons Sugar
3⁄4 Teaspoon Salt
1⁄8 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1⁄4 Teaspoon Dried Basil Leaves
2 Tablespoons Botticelli Cooking Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Additional 3⁄4 cup (170g) Warm Water
- 1⁄2 Jar Botticelli Pizza Sauce
- 1 1⁄2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Sliced Cherry Tomatoes
- Ricotta Cheese
- Fresh Basil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Brushing the Crust
First, whisk the yeast, sugar and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
Add in the flour, salt, garlic powder, basil and olive oil. Using the hook attachment, mix on medium/low speed until a dough forms and begins to pull away from the bowl.
Drizzle some olive oil in a clean bowl and place the pizza dough in, turning it a few times to coat the dough in oil. Cover and let sit until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
While the dough is proofing, preheat the oven to 450°F. If using a pizza stone or baking steel, place it in the oven now. Gather all of your toppings.
When the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a floured surface and shape it into a heart by pressing the dough down then pulling the bottom and both ends on top into a point.
Move the dough onto a parchment lined pizza peel or pizza pan and continue to shape until a heart forms.
Spread on the sauce then sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella. Add the rest of the pizza toppings, except the basil then slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone/baking steel (or just place it in the oven if using a pizza pan). Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and browning.
Remove the pizza and brush some more olive oil on the crust. Sprinkle on the fresh basil and enjoy!