Garlic Cheesy Bread
1/2 lb (230g) store-bought or homemade pizza dough
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend or dried basil
1 and 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese*
optional: sprinkle of cornmeal for dusting the pan
optional: marinara or pizza sauce for dipping
Prepare pizza dough. Punch the risen dough down to release the air bubbles. Divide in half. (Make a pizza with the other half or freeze half of the dough for another time.
Preheat oven to 425°F
On a lightly floured work surface or on a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat sprinkled with cornmeal roll the dough out into a 9×13 inch rectangle. The dough will want to be round, so do your best to shape it into a thin rectangle around this size– doesn’t have to be perfect.
Combine the butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning together in a small bowl. Brush over shaped dough. Cover evenly with shredded cheese.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If desired, turn the oven to broil for the last minute to really brown the top.
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 packets (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil , plus more for bowl and drizzling
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
Pour the water into a large bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, oil, and salt. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms.
Lightly brush another large bowl with a little olive oil. Place dough inside and drizzle a little oil over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead 1 or 2 times, forming into a round. Let rest for about 10 more minutes.
Use or store as is for 1 large pizza, or divide into 4 equal portions for individual pizzas.