My Husband loves a good Calzone for dinner now and then. I have done a bit of research to find the perfect Pizza dough recipe that is affordable, and can be made in the Bread machine! Here it is:
Makes 2 Medium Crusts,
or one extra large crust
(at about 67 cents per batch)
2 ¼ teasp. Yeast, or 1 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
2 ½ – 3 cups all purpose flour, divided
¾ teasp. Salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
In a mixing bowl, soften the yeast in the warm water.
Pour mixture into the bread machine,
Add 2 cups of the flour, and the salt and olive oil.
Turn on the machine,
checking once or twice to
Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
After the dough is soft and together,
allow the Bread machine to knead dough for
about 4-6 minutes, or until the dough is very smooth.
Place dough in a bowl greased with a bit of olive oil;
cover with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size
(about 30-45 minutes).
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Punch down the dough.
Pat the dough into a large pizza pan for one extra-large calzone or pizza,
or divide it into 2 pieces and roll out 2 medium-size calzones or pies.
Fill or Top the dough with desired toppings.
Sprinkle with a mixture of black pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.
Cut about 4-5 slits in calzone crust for steam release.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until slightly browned around crust edges.
I made this Calzone by rolling tomato sauce, basil, oregano, mushrooms,
and cheese up in the dough using the recipe above,
and baking at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.