Like so many others, pizza is one of my absolute favourite meals! However, like so many tasty dishes, this one can often be a little on the unhealthy side…
Thankfully, a very smart individual came up with the idea of making your own pizza dough at home! That way, you can enjoy the cheesy goodness of pizza, but in a much more healthy way!
Now, I realize that not everyone always has the time to make their own dough, and honestly, there have been many times when I have just ordered in because I couldn’t be bothered to make my own, but if you do find that you have a little extra time, I would strongly suggest giving it a try! There is nothing like homemade pizza!
Of course, like so many other things, I found this recipe on Pinterest! (Someday I may actually come up with my own recipes, but today is not that day)
Here’s the link to the recipe, entitled “perfect pizza crust”
This recipe makes enough for two pizzas, so naturally, I cut it in half!
Here is the “halved” recipe
- 3/4 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water
- 1/2 tablespoon instant or active dry yeast (active will take longer to rise)
- 1/2 tablespoon. sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 and 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- Olive oil/nonstick cooking spray
- Garlic salt
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer (preferred), stir in water, sugar and yeast. Let sit 5-10 minutes or until the yeast is foamy and dissolved. Add olive oil, salt, and 3/4 cups flour and mix until combined with your hook attachment (or with a wooden spoon if not using a mixer). Gradually mix in 1 more cups of flour until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If your dough is too wet, add 1 more tablespoon of flour at a time (up to 1/4 cup) until dough barely sticks to your fingers. Once dough has pulled away from the bowl, knead in mixer on medium-low speed or by hand for 5 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place back into your large mixing bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Turn dough over to coat all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
- Guestimating 15 minutes before your dough is ready, preheat your pizza stone or baking sheet in middle rack of your oven for 30-60 minutes at 475 degrees F.
- After dough has doubled, remove from bowl and knead a couple times. Divide dough into two equal balls and cover with a towel for 15 minutes. You can freeze one of the balls at this point if desired.*
- Carefully remove your pizza stone/baking pan and GENEROUSLY grease the entire surface with olive oil or with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cornmeal.
- After dough has been resting 15 minutes, roll each dough ball out onto a lightly floured surface or parchment paper into a 12-inch round circle. Transfer pizza dough to your baking sheet or pizza stone then pinch edges to create a rimmed crust (if you have trouble transferring, you can place your entire piece of parchment paper on your stone/baking sheet and bake directly on your parchment paper). Lightly brush the top of the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Using a fork, prick several holes in the crust.
- Bake for 12 minutes at 475F degrees with favorite toppings then broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is golden.
There you have it!
Just a couple of notes on this: If you’re using broil at the end, just keep a very close eye on it! With my oven, I only have to broil for 1 minute. Also, the dough freezes really well! At step 4 in the instructions is when you would want to do it. Then when it comes to thawing it, leave it out on the counter for about 30 minutes and then proceed with the directions!
Of course, my favourite part about making may own pizza is that I get to choose the toppings!
Last time, I used chicken, onions, green olives, and artichoke hearts!