Friday night is often pizza night at our house, and although we often order in, sometimes we make our own homemade pizza. It really is a fun way to get the whole gang engaged in the kitchen, and allows everyone to make their pizza just they way they like it.
This is a great, quick and easy fool-proof recipe for dough that you can top with any toppings you like. It can be made ahead or right when you are ready to eat.
One of my favorites is to spread roasted garlic on the dough, top with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and fresh tomatoes. Sometimes simple is the best.
Other times, we spread with tomato sauce and top with pepperoni, crispy crumbled bacon, sauteed onions and peppers, mushrooms, banana pepper rings, and/or black olives.
The only rule is the cheese MUST be fresh sliced mozzarella – no pre-packaged, shredded cheese allowed. There simply is no comparison.
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Homemade Quick & Easy Pizza Crust
- 1 (.25 oz) pkg active dry yeast
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1 cup warm water (approx. 110 degrees F)
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp corn meal
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand 10 min.
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and oil. Combine well by kneading until smooth. Let set for at least 5 min., or up to several hours.
If you have let the dough rise, punch down. Stretch and toss or roll dough out onto baking stone or pizza dish sprinkled with corn meal.
Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated 450 degree F oven over for 15 -20 minutes.
Cheers & Hugs,