Good pizza can be hard to find. With so many restaurants offering low-cost carry-out and delivery pizzas, it can be difficult to sift through what’s delicious and what’s just cheap. The worst is when you pay a higher price for a pizza and are disappointed when you bite into it. A fool-proof way to avoid either of these instances? Make your own. I think pizza dough can be as daunting as making bread because of the yeast, kneading and rise time but it’s really quite easy once you try it out. And the results are so worth it! Making your own pizza is cheaper, more tasty and more satisfying than buying it from a chain restaurant. And not only that, I find that it’s usually more filling too.
Another great and unique thing about homemade pizza are the toppings. You can put whatever you like on them! I’ve done honey sauce, with arugula and pears, the basic caprese style with pesto and tomatoes, and huge vegetable pizzas with almost every kind of veggie you can think of. The options are endless! You can use this dough recipe to make any kind of pizza that suits your taste. It stays great as leftovers if wrapped in foil or kept in a plastic bag. This particular recipe makes two rather large pizzas with thick crusts. You can split in half if you want smaller pizzas or just one large one. Like many of my other recipes, I use a stand mixer which makes this so much easier, but you can always make it by kneading by hand. The photo posted is a pizza topped with homemade pizza sauce (maybe I’ll post a separate recipe for this), mozzarella cheese, spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms and chopped green bell peppers. It was absolutely scrumptious and I can’t wait to make it again!
What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Does pineapple belong on pizza 😉 ?
Easy Pizza Dough
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp salt
Olive oil, enough to coat a bowl and baking sheets and to brush on the crusts before baking – shouldn’t take more than a few tablespoons
- Place yeast in warm water and let sit until foamy (about 5 minutes)
- Add 2 1/2 cups of flour and stir to combine.
- Add remaining flour and salt and knead with dough hook until a dough ball is formed.
- Place in a bowl coated with olive oil, cover with either plastic wrap or a clean dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, wipe the baking sheets down with olive oil and preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Once the dough has risen, split into two equal parts and roll out onto the baking sheets pinching around the edges to create a crust.
- Place dough in the oven for about 6-8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and brush outer crusts with olive oil.
- Place toppings as desired and place back in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
- Let cool and slice; enjoy your homemade pizza!
Recipe adapted from Chef In Training