Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homemade Pizza Recipe and Tutorial

Every Friday afternoon the yeasty smell of homemade dough fills my kitchen. As the aroma travels down our hallway one or more of my children come running to the kitchen. "Can I help make the pizza?," they always ask.

My kids have learned Fridays mean pizza and a video. Sometimes they help me stir the dough or roll out the crust or put the toppings on. Sometimes I do it all myself. Either way we all look forward to our Friday night pizza tradition.

Just in case you'd like to start a pizza tradition of your own, here's my home made pizza crust recipe.

Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe

1 cup warm water
2 tsp yeast or 1 pkg of yeast
1 cup white flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour (or use white if you prefer)

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over the top of warm water. Yeast should get foamy. That's how you know it's working.

1 jar of Fleishmann's yeast lasts me about 3 months.

Stir in 1 cup of white flour to the yeast mixture. There may be lumps but that's OK. Also add salt and oil. Stir until the oil is well combined with the flour-yeast mixture.

Yeast-flour mixture is about consistency of wet glue.

Add wheat flour to yeast mixture and combine. Depending on the humidity you may need to add more flour. The mixture should be sticky but not look wet. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead until dough is no longer sticky.

Dough ready to knead.

There are a couple of options at this point.

Option A: In a hurry. 

Roll out dough and place on pizza pan. Dough will be pretty thin. Turn oven on at 350* and let dough bake for 5-10 minutes. As the oven heats up the dough will rise slightly. Bake just long enough for the dough to set up but not be fully cooked.

Remove from oven and put toppings on. Turn oven up to 400* and bake until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

Makes 1 thin crust.

Option B: Plenty of time.

Place dough back in bowl. Put the bowl in the oven and let dough rise until doubled. If your kitchen is cold then you may need to heat your oven briefly but don't get it too hot or the dough will bake.

After dough doubles in size, remove from oven and roll out on floured surface. Place on pizza pan and put back in oven. Let double again then bake at 350* for 5-10 minutes. Just until dough is set but not completely cooked.

Remove from oven and put toppings on. Turn oven up to 400* and bake until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
Makes 1 thick crust or 2 thin crusts.

Pizza Sauce Recipe

8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
2 tbsp Italian seasoning mix
2 tbsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients. Spread on pizza crust. Makes enough for 2-3 pizzas depending on how thick you like your sauce.

What toppings do you put on homemade pizza?
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Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

This is a great recipe - so easy too!! We LOVE pizza here but don't make it nearly as often as we could. Will definitely have to try this soon!!

Stephanie said...

Thanks, Liz! When I'm in a hurry (aka forget to start the dough early) the whole process from dough to table only takes 30-40 minutes. That's about the same as ordering a pizza and takes much better than frozen!

Candice Moretti said...

Have you tried a cauliflower crust yet? I've been seeing on a lot of blogs and am curious to give it a try. Thanks for linking up and sharing your wheat crust recipe. I just bought some fresh sliced pepperoni so pizza night is in our near future. :)

Stephanie said...

Candice, I've never heard of cauliflower pizza crust. Sounds interesting. Do you have a recipe?

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