Remember how I mentioned that Pizza also makes regular appearances at our house? Mike & the kids would literally be unable to function if we didn’t have pizza. I also might melt into a ball of despair, I mean what is a world without pizza? And while we could just do the $5 pizzas (I guess) we like to mix it up with a homemade pizza. Homemade pizza dough, homemade marinara & lots of love in every bite. Nothing beats it. It’s also very simple to make. I double the recipe, make a few large pizzas, & use sauce I’ve saved from when I make my Marinara Sauce. One night of the week would be pasta with marinara & another night homemade pizza. It is simple, rustic & so good! Since I’ve already shared the homemade Marinara Sauce recipe I decided to share the Homemade Pizza Dough recipe.
What You Need:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2.5 cups all purpose flour (or bread flour)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
How to Put it Together:
In a smaller bowl you will add your packet of yeast, warm water & sugar. It should start to foam & grow. If this doesn’t happen within 5–10 minutes, throw out your yeast & start over. Either your packet was old or perhaps the water was too hot.
In a large bowl, add in your flour & salt. Then you want to make a hole or well in the center in the bowl. Into that combine yeast with water & olive oil. Mix it together.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for about 5– 7 minutes. Chalk up the 5–7 minutes kneading as part of your arm work-out for the day. I am pretty sure it counts. Also, you may need to add more flour. Because you want the pizza dough to become a smooth and elastic dough. Dough should not be sticky. Sticky won’t work, it won’t be good, this is pizza not a Def Leopard song were sticky is seen as rock legend.
Once that is done you will put your dough into a lightly oiled (olive oil!) 2 or 3 quart bowl. Roll the dough around in the bowl so it gets coated in the oil. Then you want to cover with a damp kitchen towel (also called a tea towel) and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. It will take about ONE hour.
Once that is done roll it into a 12-inch circle. My kids LOVE helping with this, we often use our hands because heck it’s just more fun. Plus it keeps them entertained & excited about food. Just make sure everyone washes their hands first.
When you bake it place the rolled out dough a 12-inch pizza pan that you have brushed olive oil on.
I love to make a Margherita Pizza, as my pictures show. Topping the dough that I stretch out to a thinner crust with my homemade marinara sauce: tomato & basil sauce, fresh mozzarella & some ripped up fresh basil. Cook at 425 degrees for about 14 minutes or until it’s is crispy & your cheese is all bubbly & melty. Yes, those are really technical terms for describing what happens to your pizza (what?).