Homemade Pizza...

Friday, February 17, 2012

For this week's 
Something Yummy for My Colonel's Tummy
I thought I would share our homemade pizza.

We have homemade pizza almost EVERY Saturday night.




I've made it many years using homemade pizza dough BUT have also
purchased pizza dough from a pizzeria or the grocery store.


But this post is all about the homemade dough.

Ingredients:
(For the dough)

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup water (110 degrees)
2 cups flour (or more)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar

Ingredients:
(For the pizza)

Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Your favorite toppings.


For some reason, many people are AFRAID of yeast.
The very first time I used yeast I also thought it wouldn't work.
  
Here are some tips that work for me:

I make sure my water is between 105 and 110 degrees.
I heat a cup of water up in my microwave for one minute.
It always brings the water to the proper temperature,
but I still always use my thermometer.  ALWAYS.

Then I add the yeast and stir to dissolve and wait a few minutes.
When the yeast starts to get bubbly and foamy, it's ready.

Happy yeast...



In a mixing bowl with the dough hook attached, add the salt, sugar and olive oil.

Once the yeast has shown you that it is "happy," add it to the mixing bowl.
Then start adding your flour, 1 cup at a time.
The recipe calls for 2 cups of flour.
I NEVER use 2 cups. 
For some reason, I always need 3 cups.

If after adding the 2 cups of flour, your dough looks like this,
you will need to add more flour.  Add another cup...


When the dough begins to pull off the sides of the mixing bowl,
you are ready to begin the kneading process...


Set a timer for 5 minutes and let your machine do the work for you.
After 5 minutes, your dough will look like this, 
BEAUTIFUL...


Place the dough in a clean mixing bowl with 
a little bit of olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and set it aside to rise.
You want the dough to "double" in size.

One loaf of dough doubled in size...


Take the dough from the bowl and place it on a cutting board,
or work directly on your counter top sprinkled with extra flour so the dough doesn't stick.

You can shape the dough by hand into a prepared pan but
I like to use a rolling pin to get a nice even consistency.
Olivia gave me a great heavy rolling pin for Christmas that is made for yeast dough...




Place your dough into a pan that has been brushed with olive oil.
Let the pizza dough rise AGAIN, another hour.

Then spread tomato sauce over the dough and add your favorite toppings...


Bake at 425 until your pizza is done to YOUR liking.
We like ours crispy and it varies all the time as to how long I bake it in the oven.
This was about 20 minutes...


So delicious...



This is what we have for dinner EVERY Saturday night,  if we're home.
And we're usually home EVERY Saturday night.  
Right where we want to be.  

Home.
Sounds lovely, doesn't it?  

Enjoy your day!  


22 comments :

  1. Good morning! Can't tell you how good that looks....I LOVE anything with homemade dough. There is just nothing that can beat it. I love the smell of yeasty bread...haha. Have a wonderful week-end Lois! HUGS

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  2. I am going to try your recipe the next time I make homemade pizza. I usually divide mine onto two large round pizza pans...that makes a super thin crust, but I like thin.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I used to make my own pizza dough and we would do the Pizza On The Grill. Hubs loved it!! I should make it again one day. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. Your pizza looks awesome. Now I have a HUGE craving, definitely pizza tonight.

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  5. We love pizza and that sure does look yummy.
    I am one of those that is afraid of anything with yeast. I will have to try your way. Thanks
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  6. That looks delicous! Since I found out I am gluten sensitive, I haven't had pizza....well only once but it was a flop even though a King Arthur box mix. Your husband must love your cooking!

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  7. That looks so good! We love homemade pizza too. I usually make the dough in the bread maker. I used to have a sour dough starter that I used to make pizza dough and it was so yummy!

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  8. I don't remember being invited over for dinner tomorrow night. lol The pizza looks fantastic! We usually have homemade pizza on Friday nights - and it just occurred to me that I need to get on that project! Enjoy your pizza and have a great weekend!♥

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  9. That is a versatile recipe - I use it for french bread also. You pizza looks delicious - I'll make some tomorrow night.

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  10. We were just talking about finding a good pizza dough recipe today!! I think we have been blessed to find one that sounds and looks so delicious. I look forward to trying this real soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. I'm so glad you shared this! I love homemade pizza, but the recipe I use for our dough is terrible. I can't wait to try yours though; it looks delicious! Thanks!

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  13. I am going to get the ingredients and try this tomorrow - it looks terrific! sandie

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  14. The pizza, especially the crust, looks so tasty! Hope you have a blessed Sunday.

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  15. We love good pizza and this looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I've always meant to try making my own pizza. Yours does look very tasty.

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  18. Oh wow, I suddenly want pizza for dinner :)

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  19. looks awesome! questions: I've never seen that thing you are kneading with! What is it?? And, it looks like you have your cookie sheet lined with foil?? Where did you put the olive oil? I can't wait to try this!

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  20. I was one of those people that was afraid of yeast for a very long time. I think part of it was that my Mom never made yeast breads so I never saw how it was done. I finally got over my fear of yeast in the last few years, and I am so glad that I did! Your pizza looks so yummy Lois, and I love that you have a Saturday night tradition. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Rachel

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  21. I was one of those people that was afraid of yeast for a very long time. I think part of it was that my Mom never made yeast breads so I never saw how it was done. I finally got over my fear of yeast in the last few years, and I am so glad that I did! Your pizza looks so yummy Lois, and I love that you have a Saturday night tradition. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Rachel

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