Pizza – Simple to Make at Home and Simply Delicious! {#Recipe}

During the colder months we often have pizza for our Friday night dinner.  Over the years, we have tired of the cost, as well as the quality of many fast food and frozen style pizzas. After experimenting with many recipes we have finally discovered, what is for us,  the perfect pizza!

You may find it surprising, but with a minimal effort, it is fairly easy to make your own pizza; it is also infinitely more nutritious and totally customizable.

Basically, you make the dough and if you have a stand mixer it will do all the kneading for you, {although you certainly have the option to knead by hand}, let the dough rise for 45 minutes, pat it out, add your toppings and bake.  It can be as simple as sauce and cheese or as elaborate as your imagination and tastes dictate.  We usually opt for something in between simple and elaborate.

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 ~ Ready for the oven ~

Toppings:

In the pizza pictured we have used:

  • canned pizza sauce
  • cooked ground beef
  • cooked bacon
  • sautéed shallots
  • sliced green olives
  • sliced grape tomatoes
  • sprinkle of Italian seasoning
  • freshly grated salt and pepper
  • grated mozzarella and parmesan cheeses

The possible topping selections are endless, this is a great place for leftover meats and vegetables, use whatever your family loves.

~ The finished product ~

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Dough Recipe
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Cuisine: Casual
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups warm water {110 - 115 degrees F}
  • 4½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons of liquid honey
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
Instructions
  1. Warm* the bowl of stand mixer and attach dough hook. To bowl add water, olive oil, honey and yeast. When the yeast has completely dissolved and the mixture is frothy add your flour and then your salt. Mix on med-low until combined and knead on medium for 10 minutes until smooth in appearance. (It may be necessary to add up to an additional ¼ cup flour to keep dough from sticking)
  2. **Alternately, you may also mix ingredients by hand until well combined, and then knead dough on lightly floured surface by hand for 10 min.**
  3. Remove from bowl and shape into a smooth ball. Place dough into well oiled bowl (I use the same bowl) , cover with a tea towel and place in draft free place to rise for 45 - 60 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  4. Cut two 13 inch rounds or squares of parchment paper. Remove dough from bowl and divide in two. Place each piece on parchment and press and stretch each until you have roughly a 12 inch circle. Transfer each (including parchment) to a 12 inch pizza pan and top with desired topping. {At this point we always freeze one of the pizzas - for next Friday...lol - by covering entire pan with plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil and placing the pan in freezer. Thaw completely before baking.}
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, add grated cheese if using and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven, slice and enjoy.
  6. **I warm bowl by placing it in barely warm oven or fill bowl with hot water, empty water & towel dry. My bowl is metal and I find by warming it, the temperature of the ingredients stays constant longer. However, this is an optional step.

Comments

  1. I’m coming to your house on Friday!!! This one will be in my recipe box for sure. But I’ll be kneading mine by hand.
    Thanks for posting.

    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. That looks delicious!! I forget how easy it is to make homemade pizza and really should do one soon :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. You make it look so easy!!! We cheat and buy our pizza dough from a local bakery. And now i’m hungry….

  4. This looks fabulous! Every Friday is “Pizza Friday” at our house and the boys just love it. I’m trying the dough recipe this week!

  5. Ohhhh! This post makes me hungry! I’ve just bookmarked it! I need a good pizza dough recipe! Your pizzas look delish, btw!

  6. Now I’m hungry and thinking that pizza for breakfast can’t be that bad LOL….Looks delicious!

  7. Oh boy! That looks delish! We (I mean DH) has been making our own crusts lately too. He says it isn’t too difficult. Hehe!

  8. I love pizza. Home made is the best and my kids well, they could eat it 24 hours a day. My favourite topping is olives. This looks yummy.

  9. That pizza looks delicious. My hubby would love pizza with all those great toppings. Looks better than anything you can buy in a store.

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