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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Homemade Goodness: Making Pizza from Scratch

As I approach my due date I have been particularly frantic about getting a lot of things completed in both the house and in my shop. But I have still been determined to avoid eating out and instead cook at home as much as I can. This week I wanted to share my pizza dough recipe with you. I find that it is one of the best doughs ever, especially when using fresh toppings from the garden! It is quicker than you would imagine and such a great project to do with the family!

I personally love my bread machine. It makes life so much easier and fresher. I rarely ever finish the bread in the machine, but it really cuts down on the elbow grease needed for making your own breads. But you can also do this dough in your stand mixer or even by hand. You may never want to go back to your local pizzaria once you have done this for yourself!

To make a 12" pizza or two 6" pizzas:
5/8 cup of water
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 cups unbleached white bread flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp rapid-rise yeast

To make 2 12" pizzas or 4 6" pizzas:
1 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cups unbleached white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1tsp rapid-rise yeast

Place the water and olive oil first into the bread machine. Sprinkle the flour on top to cover water and oil. Then make three wells in the flour. In one corner place the salt, in the opposite corner place the sugar, and in the middle place the yeast. (I prefer putting the yeast in this way rather than the yeast dispenser on my machine). Program your machine to the dough setting. Check to make sure that everything is mixing and make sure that you may need some more water if the dough looks dry or four if it looks too wet. As Alton Brown says in Good Eats, it's really best to weigh ingredients especially flour. But I never tend to do so myself.

When the dough is ready, pre-heat your oven to 425Degrees. You can roll your dough out on a floured surface to make one big pizza or cut up the dough to make personal pizzas. Put out some bowls with the toppings and have a pizza party! Someone will have to try tossing some dough into the air, it's just more fun that way!

To make life easy, feel free to buy pizza sauce. I still haven't decided on which recipe that I like best for this. But I will probably have one by tomato season. To avoid a soggy crust in the middle spread a little olive oil onto the dough before the sauce.

For toppings you can do anything your heart desires! We had pepperoni, mushrooms, red, green and yellow peppers, spinach, and cheese on hand. I also love taking seasonings like an herb and garlic seasoning mix to sprinkle on top as well as some parmesan cheese onto the crust.

Once you have all of the toppings onto the pizza that you desire, put the pizza in the oven for 15-20 mins or until it has browned and sizzles!! (The larger and thicker you make the pizza crust the more time you will need. The smaller and thinner the crust the less time you would need.)

Then you can enjoy!!!


  1. Love it! My question for is, are you using American flower? This is my first time on your blog, so I don't know where you live.. I have a great pizza sauce that goes great with homemade pizza! This is making me very hungry... I love pizza. Most people think that eating pizza can be fating, but I think as long as you make it yourself, you can make it healthy!

  2. Hello Lisa! I totally agree! You can totally make pizza healthy. I am in America. I use unbleached bread flour. Where are you from?

  3. Canada and I know that we don't have the same type of flour (spelled right this time!) but I think my recipe is very similar, except that I put in an egg.

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