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Simply the Best Homemade Pizza

 

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful HomemakersHomemade pizza and watching a movie on Friday night has been our family tradition almost all of our second born’s life. It began when I was working at night, delivering newspapers. We had a bit of “extra” money and began ordering pizza on Friday night. When we realized just how much money we were wasting on that indulgence each week, I began to make our own.

When I first began making homemade pizza, I hadn’t yet discovered grinding my own wheat. I made it with all-purpose flour. I’m a firm believer in good, better, best, a tip from a dear friend a long time ago. If you order pizza now, a good choice is to use all-purpose flour and make your own. A better choice is to use a combination of all-purpose and store bought wheat flour. The best choice is to use freshly ground whole wheat flour. Don’t get caught up in the details. Start where you are and build from there.

I have seen lots of homemade pizza recipes. However, most of them don’t give the crust that we crave. That’s usually because the pizza is baked in a pan. My pizzas are built on a pizza peel, then slid off onto a very hot baking stone. This gives a chewy, but well-done crust.

Play with this dough. Make it your own. That’s what I do with most recipes. Like garlic? Add garlic or garlic powder to the dough. Prefer more toppings? Add them! Your family likes more “punch” to their sauce? Add in more spices. Start with a base and make it suit your family. For example, 4 of my family members won’t touch a mushroom. But, one child and I love them. So, I make one pizza with mushrooms. When my folks come to visit, I make a few loaded pizzas, because they love any and all toppings that I put on them!

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Combine water, yeast, and 1 cup flour, allow to form a sponge

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Add remaining ingredients, mix with dough hook.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Continue kneading until dough is no longer sticky and forms a ball on the dough hook.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Stretch dough over itself to form a smooth ball.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Turn to grease top of dough.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Cover tightly with plastic wrap.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Allow dough to rise (more risings and punch downs will result in a chewier crust). Recover with plastic wrap.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

When ready to use, punch dough down one last time. 

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

 Separate into four dough balls.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Sprinkle whole wheat flour onto the pizza peel (you can use cornmeal as well, but I don’t care for the taste)

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Turn the dough as you roll it to get an even, large circle.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Roll pizza dough to desired size and thickness. 

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Add desired amount of pizza sauce.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Add desired toppings.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

 Using a flat-edge spatula, carefully and quickly slide the pizza off of the peel and onto the  pre-heated baking stone.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Bake until cheese is melted and crust is cooked. Slide peel under pizza to remove from the oven, using the spatula to help guide it. Slice and enjoy!

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza ~ Successful Homemakers

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza Dough
 
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Serves: 2 pizzas
Ingredients
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1-1/2 TB yeast
  • 5-1/2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 TB Kosher salt
  • 3 TB olive oil, plus a bit more for oiling the bowl
Instructions
  1. Pour warm water into bowl of mixer, sprinkle yeast over water. Add 1 cup flour. Mix to combine.
  2. Let sit until a sponge forms, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 4-1/2 cups of flour, Kosher salt, olive oil.
  4. Mix until dough comes together, adding more flour if needed.
  5. Knead for 5 minutes or so.
  6. Place dough into oiled bowl, turning to grease the top.
  7. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  8. Allow to rise, at least one hour.

  9. NOTE- Allowing the dough to rise, punch down, and rise again a few times will result in a chewier crust.
  10. Also note, the choice of flour will also determine the final product. All white flour will yield a soft crust, all whole wheat flour will yield a somewhat harder crust. A combination of both will yield a tender, chewy, "normal" crust.

Simply the Best Homemade Pizza Sauce
 
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  • 1(105-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 TB red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Simmer for an hour or so.

 
Simply the Best Homemade Pizza
 
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Serves: 8 slices per dough ball
Ingredients
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Desired toppings
Instructions
  1. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 475*. I bake on a pizza stone, which is left in the oven. Separate dough into 4 balls.
  2. Sprinkle whole wheat flour or cornmeal (your preference) onto a pizza peel, then roll out a dough ball as thin as desired. Be sure to move dough frequently to prevent sticking, adding more flour as needed.
  3. When ready to build pizza, lift up dough to ensure no sticking. Leave dough at edge of pizza peel, then add desired amount of sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  4. Using a spatula, carefully slide pizza off of peel onto hot baking stone.
  5. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Slide pizza peel under pizza to remove from oven.
  7. Place pizza on cutting board and slice. (Don't slice on pizza peel)
  8. *NOTE- Pizza can also be made by rolling dough out onto a pizza pan, built, and baked in pan, same temperature.

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