I love pizza. And judging by the size of the pizza industry in America, you do too. So instead of calling to order that ridiculously expensive, and ridiculously bad for you pizza, or pulling the cardboard circle out of your freezer (okay so we do both of those, too, no judgement here), try this easy as pie (ha, get it?) pizza dough recipe.
This is a recipe that only needs a bowl and a spoon. You mix the ingredients, let it sit a few minutes, and then press it out straight on your baking sheet. No kneading, no 2 hour rising time, and your kids think its a ton of fun to help make it (give them a spoonful of the risen dough to play with and they will be content for at least 10 minutes).
|Pizza dough after rising for 45 minutes.|
The dough rises enough to be usable in 5 minutes, so if you get a last-minute pizza craving, no worries, it will work out just fine. I usually try to mix the dough together around snack time, then let it sit on the counter while we go outside to play (about an hour), before pressing it out onto the pan. The extra rise time makes the dough feel nicer, but either way works to make a nice crust (we have done both multiple times).
|Crust after it has been pre-baked in oven for 4 minutes. Now it gets toppings and a final quick bake.|
We usually use regular ol' spaghetti sauce, and we like to change up the toppings each time. Since you are making at home, you can make it any way you wish. This time, we used roasted broccoli, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and some leftover ground beef. It was fantastic. Another absolute favorite is a copycat from our favorite college pizza dive, Roma: pepperoni, tomatoes, cream cheese, and cashews (yes, cashews). It is crazy-go-nuts good.
|Roasted Broccoli, Garlic, Onion, Tomato, Ground Beef Pizza|
Quick and Easy Pizza Crust
2 ¼ tsp. (or one packet) rapid rise yeast
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 cup warm water
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 450°
- Mix the yeast, sugar, and water in a large bowl, and let sit five minutes until the yeast begins to bubble.
- Add flour, oil, and salt and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and the dough pulls away from the bowl.
- Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, or longer.
- Spray a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray, and turn the dough out onto the pan. Press the dough from the center out to the edges of the pan.
- Bake the crust (no toppings yet) for 4 minutes. This ensures that the crust is cooked through and gets enough total bake time. Don't skip this step!
- Top your pizza however you wish, and put it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes (bake time will depend on your desired cheesy brownness, and how loaded with toppings the pizza is).
If you want to make the crust a little more like a buttery delivery pizza, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a small dish, and sprinkle in garlic powder and salt to taste. Brush this onto the pizza crust as it comes out of the oven for the final time.
This makes a the equivalent of a large pizza, and feeds our family for dinner, with a slice or two for leftovers.
All of this takes about the same time (or less) than ordering delivery or heating up the thicker frozen pizzas, and it is healthier, cheaper, and you can make it exactly how you want it. Winner, winner, pizza dinner.
Please let me know if you tried the recipe, and what your favorite toppings are in the comments! I love to hear from you.