I’ve always liked homemade pizza. It’s such a great, laid-back meal and so customize-able to your own family’s tastes. You can go meatless and fill it up with cheese and veggies, or you could go the other way and do a meat-lovers. You could have fun and add pineapple and gourmet cheeses, and the list goes on.
What are your favorite pizza toppings for homemade pizza?
The pizza dough recipe featured in this post is quite simple and one of our favorites. One batch will make 2 medium round pizzas that can feed approx. 2 people each- so 4 people all together (depending on how thin you roll the crust and how hungry the people are who are eating!) Or, you could divide the dough into smaller pieces and roll out to make smaller individual pizzas!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup white all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white-wheat flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- pinch of red chili pepper flakes
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs. warm water
- 2 teaspoons active, dry yeast
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
In a small bowl, combine the warm water and yeast.
Stir to combine and set aside so the yeast can dissolve while you are working on the other ingredients.
In a food processor (or bowl) add the flour and salt, garlic powder, pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Mix.
Add the olive oil and mix until combined.
Now, pour in the water/yeast mixture with the food processor running. You may need to add additional water- 1 Tbs. at a time- you are looking for the mixture to turn into a soft dough that no longer clings to the sides of the bowl.
Take this dough out and turn onto a floured surface and just slightly knead. Form into a ball.
Pour a small amount of olive oil into a large bowl. Spread it around the bottom to coat. Place the ball of dough in the bowl and then turn it over, so the top is covered in the oil.
Cover the bowl with a clean, warm, damp cloth.
Set aside to rise for at least 1 hour. (you can use this as soon as it is done rising, or you can store it in the refrigerator in a closed container until you are ready to use it)
When the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and place on a clean surface.
Divide into 2 pieces and allow to rest for several minutes.
Working with 1 section of dough at a time, roll each piece into a rough circle (or rectangle- or whatever shape you want, really!) on a lightly floured surface.
Sprinkle a little bit of cornmeal down and place the dough on top just to coat the bottom lightly (this prevents the dough from sticking to the pan and also gives a nice texture)
Then transfer the dough to a baking stone or pan.
Top with your favorite sauce, cheeses, and other toppings.
Bake at 425 for approx. 12 minutes- or until the cheeses melt, the top is bubbly and the bottom of the pizza is beginning to brown.
The pizza pictured here includes: sauce, 1 cup of freshly grated mozzarella, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, white mushrooms, red pepper, fresh spring onions, and a little bit of black pepper. Mmm..mmm..mmm!
dough recipe adapted from Giada de Laurentis