In keeping with my recent cooking theme, I made homemade pizza dough the other night. And, by golly, it was so damn easy. With some flour and some yeast and some patience, you too can make pizza dough from scratch. Here is the recipe:
Easy Homemade Pizza Dough (makes two large thin-crust pizzas):
- 3.5 to 4 cups flour (I used white but you can use whole wheat, I'm sure)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 envelope instant dry yeast
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1.5 cups water, 110F (I used a meat thermometer to measure temp)
- 2 tbs olive oil
Grease a large bowl with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and coat evenly. Add the dough and cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm spot to let double in size, about one hour. When doubled, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and cut it into two equal halves. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand for 10 minutes.
This is the part that good ol' Bobby left out: How to cook the damn pizza! Heat oven to 450F. Assemble your pizza toppings (our pizza = chopped garlic, red onions, mushrooms, green peppers, kale, and cooked chicken sausage). On a floured surface, thinly roll out the dough into desired shape to fit what you'll be cooking it on (I made one on a pizza pan and one on a cookie sheet). Gently lift dough off and place on pan (this part is kind of tough), reshape to fit and pinch the edges to form a crust. Brush lightly with olive oil (or tomato sauce or pesto or whatever) and add your toppings. Place on middle rack of oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly. Slice and enjoy. Share, if you must.
Totally easy. Totally good. And you can totally modify the recipe and add dried herbs or garlic powder or whatever your little heart desires into the dough to make a more flavorful pizza crust. Hey. Maybe you can even try making stuffed crust pizza like that one mega-chain. I used to love that crust as a kid.