Saturday, December 19, 2009

Delicious Homemade Pizza Dough


We *heart* pizza and eat quite a lot of it. In an effort to be frugal, I started researching recipes for good pizza dough. It took a few tries, and lots of researching, but I crafted a recipe that we are pretty happy with. Even hubby likes it, and that counts for a lot since he is pretty picky about his pizza. The best thing about making pizza at home is that you can customize it the way you want. I like my pizza with lots of veggies, MJ and Bubba like it plain, and hubby likes it with lots of pepperoni. This way everyone is happy :)

1 c. warm water
2 T. active yeast
2 T. honey
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 t. salt
3 1/2 c. flour
*Optional: I always substitute garlic salt for the salt, and add basil and parmasean cheese. You really can customize it the way you want.

Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order they are listed. I always give the yeast a few minutes to dissolve into the water before I proceed with the other ingredients. Program the bread machine to "dough," and you're ready to go! It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes for my machine. When the dough is done, take it out and put it in a greased bowl. Cover it with a damp towel and let it sit for an hour.

After it sits, I knead it lightly to get any air bubbles out. At this point you can either wrap it up and put it in the fridge for later use, or roll it out. This recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas although we usually make one pizza and one stromboli. We like our crust nice and crispy, so I always roll the dough out, bake it at 350 degrees for ten minutes, then put on our toppings. After the toppings are on just pop it back in the over for another ten minutes and it's ready!

I made this last night and the kids had demolished theirs in less than five minutes. That's a huge feat in our house considering they have inherited their dad's picky gene.