This is a recipe I pretty much make weekly. It is the most flavorful pizza crust + pizza – but doesn’t take hours to make. The crust itself is a light yeasty crust that gets really soft. It doesn’t require any extra time to rise – and I can make it all easily in under 30 minutes (including baking time!).
We often think about getting a frozen pizza – but opt for a homemade pizza instead. For us, it is a lot more filling and more flavorful than a Dijorno. We have often found that if you are counting calories – this is less calories for the amount of pizza you eat. Basically, we get more filled up with less calories :).
I am also sharing some tips below for easy pizza making! Have fun!
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- Ingredients for Pizza Crust:
- 1 (.25 ounce) package yeast (or 1 tablespoon of yeast)
- 1 c. warm water
- 1 t. white sugar
- 2½ c. bread flour
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 t. salt
- Ingredients for Pizza:
- 1 T butter
- 1 T minced garlic (I use this kind in the fridge)
- ½-2/3 cup Marinara Sauce
- 8 oz. shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- (Any additional toppings)
- Pizza Crust:
- Preheat oven to 450. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Mix/beat until smooth. Let rest 5 minutes. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and roll into a round. (I just take straight from bowl and roll into a round on my pizza stone).
- Don't skimp on the olive oil! I've done this, and the crust is a lot tougher.
- Melt butter and garlic in the microwave and brush on to the crust with a pastry brush. Spread on Marinara sauce and top with toppings, cheese and pepperoni, and bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes.
- Store your pepperoni in the freezer. I do this and the pepperoni never goes bad. It let’s me keep a bag for awhile without having to use it before the expiration date. (I don’t even thaw it before I use it – just separate the pieces right before I place on the pizza.)
- Buy your bread flour from Sam’s or Costco in bulk. I get my bread flour there (I use a lot of it!) and it’s 25 pounds for under $10!
- Stuffed Crust variation: Take 4 pieces of string cheese and split each in half. After you make the crust, place the cheese around the circumference and roll the edge of the crust over the string cheese. It’s so good!
Above all, Pizza
Have a favorite homemade pizza variation? Let me know!