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Homemade Pizza: Need I say more?

16 Aug. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

We love pizza in our household. But getting pizza delivered can be a bit pricey and frozen pizza just does not cut it. We use to buy pre-made crusts. Then I decided to take on the task of making my own pizza crust. Most recipes were very time consuming; and when you want to make a quick homemade pizza on a friday night it just was not appealing to spend on hour just to prepare the crust. So, I finally found a base recipe and molded it to suite our tastes. I hope you enjoy this pizza and pizza crust recipe as much as we do.

Ingredient List: 

Crust:
1 cup of warm water
2 tsp of yeast
1 tsp of sugar (add another 1/2 tsp if you prefer a sweeter crust)
1 tsp of fine sea salt
2-2.5 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour (I have not tried whole wheat or gluten free with this recipe)
2 tbsp of melted organic unsalted butter (you can also use olive oil, but I have found melted butter gives it a better texture and taste)

Toppings:
1/4 cup organic tomato sauce
1.5 tsp of italian seasoning (oregano, thyme and basil combination)
3/4 cup of diced organic tomatoes
1/2 cup diced kalamata olives
2 organic green onions diced
1.5 cups of crumbled or shredded organic mozzarella cheese (alternatives: monterey jack, cheddar & feta are all great too!)

2-3 tbs of oil or butter
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of sea salt

Directions: 

In a medium mixing bowl combine the yeast, sugar and half cup of flour. Slowly whisk in the warm water until the dry ingredients are dissolved. Place uncovered in a warm place for 10 to 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (recommend using a pizza stone)

Mix in the salt and melted butter (or oil). Then slowly stir in the flour. When the dough becomes harder to stir, switch to kneading in the flour. I usually can stir in about 1/2 3/4 cup of flour before I have to switch to kneading then remaining 1/4 to 3/4 cups. Do not over knead, but just enough to bring the dough into a smooth (non-sticky) ball.
Place the dough ball back into the bowl and let rest for a few minutes.

You can roll the dough out until it is about a 1/4 in thickness (although you can make whatever thickness you want). I usually press the dough out with my fingers. This only takes a few minutes.

Spread the tomato sauce, sprinkle on the seasonings, cheese and other ingredients. Mix the oil, garlic powder and salt. Brush this mixture onto the crust.
Bake in the over for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

(optional: You can knead in a tsp of italian seasoning into the crust to give it a little extra flavor. We love to do this.)

Recipe Type: 
Serves: 
4
Ready Time: 
45
Prep Time: 
30
Cook Time: 
15
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