Homemade Pizza Dough PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 08:23

Each week we have a pizza and movie night and for the past who knows how many years we would pop a frozen pizza in the oven. I have wanted to make my own pizza for the longest time, but the idea of waiting hours for dough to rise only to punch it back down and wait some more just never floated my boat. For that reason alone I never made my own dough. But you guys, I have found THE easiest (and yummiest) recipe for pizza dough. There is NO punching and NO waiting for dough to rise. Forget frozen pizza's or even dough you buy at a bakery. This is seriously the best pizza I have ever had. And I am sure that if I were patient enough letting dough rise for hours on end would be even better. But for now I am sticking with this gem of a recipe. It is right up my ally!



You need six simple ingredients. 1 package of active dry yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 cup of warm water, 2.5 cups of bread flour, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and a couple teaspoons of pizza seasoning.



In a medium bowl dissolve the yeast and sugar in a cup of warm water. Let that stand for about 10 minutes until it looks creamy.



Like this!



Now add in the flour, salt, oil and seasonings and mix until combined.



Let it rest for five minutes and then roll it into a ball.



Toss the ball-o-dough onto a floured surface and go to town with a rolling pin.

(This is Zachariah's favorite part. He always brings his rolling pin from his play kitchen and "helps" me.)



Keep in mind that the shape doesn't have to be perfect. Just roll it out to your desired thickness and plop it on a pizza stone. Or pizza pan. But a stone is better. :)

And just so you know, I was making a personal pan pizza for myself (because I cant have dairy) AND a larger pizza for the boys. So this crust is thinner than usual. Don't be alarmed. Yours will be thicker!



Once you have your dough on your baking sheet/stone roll up the edges to make a nice crust. Again, don't try to make it perfect. The more natural looking the better!



Once you have the edges rolled up brush them with a little bit of olive oil and then slap on your favorite pizza toppings!



We usually go for the traditional cheese and pepperoni, but next week we are going to branch out and make Hawaiian pizza!



Bake the pizza in a preheated oven (450 degrees) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

That crust is ridiculously easy to overcook, so make sure to watch it closely once you hit the 15 minute mark.


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