Homemade Pizza


For the longest time, I never cared one way or the other about pizza dough. Those pre-made packages of pizza dough were perfectly fine with me. Tom on the other hand hated them. Which resulted in us buying a lot of pizza out instead of ever making it at home.

At some point either he or I must have mentioned this fact to his mother who suggested that we buy Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix and use the directions on the side to make it into pizza dough. It took 5 minutes of searching up and down the aisle at the grocery store before we finally found the only two boxes of the dough. I made pizza that week and it was definitely better than those pre-made doughs, but I still wasn't impressed. The Pillsbury mix worked, but I still thought there could be room for improvement.

And then one day, while I was searching the grocery store for yeast (really, they should keep it in the baking aisle), I came across a packet of Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast. At this time in my cookaholic-ness, I still hadn't mastered the art of breads or working with yeast, but I wanted to give this a try. Obviously, it turned out pretty well or I wouldn't be blogging it.

Apologies in advance for the crappy picture, I was too hungry to plate the pizza properly so hopefully the border makes up for the plain white paper plate. =)

Homemade Pizza
Source: dough directions on back of yeast packet
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1 packet Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast
2 cups flour, divided
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup very warm water (120-130 F)
3 tbs. vegetable oil
1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (can be omitted)
1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
pizza sauce

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
2. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast packet, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the water and vegetable oil and mix together until combined.
3. Add 1/2 cup flour and continue mixing until a soft dough ball forms. The dough will be slightly sticky. If necessary, add additional flour.
4. On a floured surface (I use 1/4 cup) knead the dough for 4 minutes until smooth and elastic. I usually add another 1/4 cup of flour to keep it from sticking.
5. With floured hands, press the dough out onto the cookie sheet or pizza pan to your desired thickness.
6. Drizzle the 1 tbs. olive oil over the dough and use a brush to spread over the dough. Sprinkle the garlic powder, Italian seasonings, crushed red pepper and Parmesan cheese over the dough.

7. Bake the dough for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven and add pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake for an additional 7-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned.
8. Let cool for 1 minute before cutting into slices.

1 comment:

  1. I liked ur concept that Pizza at home is nice and simple..........
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