I know I seem to have a lot of “favorites” but pizza is, by far, my mostest favoritest food there is. Even bad pizza is better than no pizza. Well, maybe not quite but pretty darn close! For quite a while, we had “Pizza Monday” where we would either order or have frozen, depending on budget for that week. That adds up pretty quickly, both monetarily and around the waist line.
I tried making pizza at home, using premade crusts, jarred sauce, preshredded cheese, packaged pepperoni and jarred mushrooms. It was… okay.
I then figured out how to make my own pizza sauce (which I will share tomorrow). That helped. The next secret was a quick and easy pizza crust. This seriously takes 30 minutes from the time you start it to the time you have pizza in your mouth. That’s less time than the pizza delivery places around here. Cheaper, too!
First, mix your yeast, sugar, and water. Don’t be scared! As long as you use hot water (as hot as possible… let it run for a few minutes) from your tap, yeast is not a scary thing to work with! I promise.
While it is bubbling and growing, work on shredding your cheese, cooking your meats or veggies, etc.
Add in the flour and other ingredients, form into a ball and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Get your pan ready then either press it into shape with your hands or roll it out first. For me, it depends on how lazy I’m feeling. 🙂
Bake it for 5-7 minutes, add your sauce, toppings and cheese and bake it again for about 10 minutes.
Ta da! Pizza in about 30 minutes!
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast (or ¼ oz packet)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 c warm water (hot water directly from tap)
- 2½ c bread flour or all-purpose flour OR 1½ c bread flour (or AP flour) + 1 c white-wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 Tbsp cornmeal
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the hot water, gently stirring to break up any clumps. Let stand until creamy and almost doubled, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, salt and oil. Use hands to mix well. Let stand and rest 5 minutes.
- Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Press dough to shape on the baking sheet, making it as even as possible. Alternatively, you could also roll it on a floured surface to your desired size and transfer it to the baking sheet.
- Bake 5-7 min or until just starting to brown slightly. Add sauce, toppings and cheese then finish baking 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.
What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Do you make your own?