I get a little excited when it comes to making pizza. I remember making pizza as a child with my mother and sister so making it brings back warm memories to fill my mind as gooey cheese and warm tomato-covered bread stuffs my stomach.
Wonderfully, with the rise of pizza yeasts (get it?), making pizza has become almost as easy as calling up Papa John’s. With about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 to cook (and another 5 if you’re patient enough to let it cool) as well as getting to choose one’s own quality ingredients, I can’t find a reason not to cook one’s own pizza. So here’s the basic recipe:
- 1 3/4-2 1/4 cups of flour (I like to mix 1 cup whole wheat and the remaining white, but any combo works)
- 1 Packet pizza dough yeast (Fleischmann‘s is always great)
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup very warm water (120 degrees F or 48 degrees C)
- 3 Tbsp oil (vegetable or olive)
- Pizza Sauce (to cover top of pizza)
- Cheese! (as much as desired, though note put much more than you think because what looks like enough precooked may be too little once cooked)
- Other toppings as desired
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Next pour water and sugar into bowl and stir to dissolve. Add yeast and
let rise for 3 minutes. You don’t have to do this but I like giving the yeast time to munch on the sugars and to make sure yeast is actually alive and active before investing time/ingredients on it (bread-baking habit). Add oil and salt to mixture and mix. Now slowly start adding the flour 1/2 at a time until it forms a nice ball, not sticky but not too dry.
Place dough ball on floured, dry surface and knead for about 4 minutes, making sure dough doesn’t become all sticky. Once it’s ready, roll out into 12 inch circle and place on greased baking sheet. Alternatively, you can place ball on baking sheet and roll/press it into desired shape. Pour sauce and spread and then add cheese and toppings. Once it looks all nice and pretty, pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and crust is browning. Take out of oven and wait a couple minutes to cool then serve yourself some homemade pizza!
NOTE: Seriously, this recipe is so easy I’m writing this blog post now as the pizza’s cooling (which helps forcing me to be patient). Enjoy!