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Hallee’s Heavenly Homemade Pizza

Posted by Hallee on Nov 15, 2009 in American Quisine, entrees, Hallee's Galley, Italian, Recipes |

Homemade Pizzascoop out

My kids love homemade pizza. They do not enjoy typical takeout or deli pizzas at all. This crust is just right and makes the pizza as good as it is.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST:
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105° degrees F)
2 ½ to 3 ½ cups flour (I use bread flour in the pictures and have since switched exclusively to whole wheat flour)
½ tsp salt
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

PIZZA:
pizza sauce (I will post a recipe then link here, or you can use canned sauce or leftover spaghetti sauce – anything works.)
8-12 ounces mozzerella cheese
4 ounces parmesean cheese
your favorite pizza toppings

SUPPLIES:

stand mixer (if you have one – or you can mix the dough by hand)
Measuring cups/spoons
Good sharp knife
Clean vegetable cutting board
Clean meat cutting board
pizza pans
pizza cutter

PREPARATION:

Once you have the dough rising, you’re going to want to:

grate cheeseparmesean

Slice vegetables

mushrooms

Being careful to keep the 3-year-old out of the olives:

olive finger

DIRECTIONS:

To make dough:

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water (it’s best if you warm your bowl – fill it with hot tap water then empty it) for 5 minutes.

yeast

Add 2 cups of flour

flour

the olive oil and salt

olive oil

Mix (or stir) until blended.

Add flour half a cup at a time until the dough is formed but still a little bit sticky. Kneed for about 5 minutes, adding just a touch of flour to keep it from being too sticky to handle. If you’re using a stand mixer, mix for about 2 minutes on speed 2.

add more flour

Put dough in a bowl you’ve greased with olive oil. Turn it so that it’s coated in olive oil.

in bowl

Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

cover

This is what it looks like an hour later:

rose

Oil your pans. I have only one pizza pan, so I use that and a cookie sheet.

oil panoil other pan

Divide the dough in two.

Pick up the dough and let it stretch out.

stretch dough

Turn a half-turn and let it stretch.

stretch dough2

Turn a half turn and let it stretch some more.

stretch dough3

Keep working it until you get to about the size and shape of your pan.

stretch dough 4stretch dough 5

Put it in the pan and then carefully stretch and pat the dough until it covers the pan.

pat into panround panrectangle

Put your sauce on the dough, carefully spreading it until you’ve lightly covered it.

sauce 1sauce 2sauced

Add your toppings. I start with meat and go to veggies.

even meatmushrooms2

Top with favorite cheese. I use mozerella and then sprinkle a small amount of parmesean on top:

cheese

Bake at 450° degrees F for 15-20 minutes on the lowest rack in the oven.

baked

Loosen it in the pan then slide it out onto a cutting board.

loosenon board

Cut with a pizza cutter.

cut

To be dubbed “best mom in the world” and other such achievable titles, serve on pizza plates. That way, your kids can do the “it’s pizza night dance” and sing “pizza plate, pizza plate, it’s pizza night on the pizza plate” as they march around the kitchen.

pizza plateon plate

YIELD:

2 pizzas

NUTRITION: ~*~
(based on cheese pizza;
additional toppings
will add or subtract
nutritional value)
High in calcium
Low in sugar
NUTRITION FACTS:
~*~
NOTES:

You can use any sauce, any topping, any cheese you want. Make your family’s favorite and enjoy. :)

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe.  Did you make it?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you make any adjustments to it?

Hallee


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