I thought today I would share another staple at our house, homemade pizza. I learned to make this quick little pizza in my cooking class in college. I realized that day that a $5 pizza was no longer appealing because I could make something much better, not to mention fresher tasting, for much cheaper. Since then in all of my married days my husband and I have not bought a store bought pizza. I love the freshness that comes from using a bunch of fresh vegetables. I would take a slice of this any day over a piece of pepperoni. It doesn’t take long to make if you plan ahead so you have 30 minutes of rising time. You will want to invest in a pizza stone for best results. I promise it’s worth the $10-15. I have a 14″ round pizza stone that this crust fits perfectly on. You can either portion the dough and make small individual pizzas or make a large family pizza. Your family will love the endless possibilities of toppings and choices when it comes to making your own pizza.
Yield: 4 servings
Time: 30 minutes, plus 30 minutes rise time
- 2 tsp yeast
- 6 oz (3/4 c) luke-warm water
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 oz white flour
- 5 oz wheat flour
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
*if you don’t have a kitchen scale, 10 oz of flour is roughly 2 cups
VEGETABLE PIZZA TOPPINGS:
- 1 cup sauce
- Fresh mozzarella cheese (or any other cheese) to taste
- 1/4 c fresh basil, loosely packed
- 1-2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1-2 mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/2 c spinach, loosely packed
- 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
- Any other vegetables you want
- salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, olive oil to taste
- Step 1
Proof yeast in luke-warm water. Allow it 5 minutes to foam on top. Add oil and honey.
- Step 2
Sift flour and salt together in a mixing bowl. Add liquid ingredients. Knead with the dough hook (or by hand robustly) for 5 minutes
- Step 3
Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow it to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pizza stone in oven while it is preheating. You will want to put your pizza onto a hot stone.
- Step 4
Punch down dough and let rest 5 minutes. Prepare toppings, while you are waiting.
Dust a clean surface with cornmeal. Roll dough out into a large circle, or 4 small individual pizzas.
- Step 5
You must have all of your toppings ready by this point.
Carefully transfer dough to hot pizza stone.
Evenly spread sauce over crust. The bottom of the crust will begin cooking from the hot pizza stone. Continue to place toppings and cheese over pizza.
Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, about 5-10 minutes. Carefully remove the pizza & stone from the oven.