I started a tradition in our house to make homemade pizza on Sundays. After making a pizza last week for friends, everyone was asking me for the recipe, so I decided to finally write it up to share on my blog.
For all of you afraid to even try, you should know that I rarely cook and can promise that pizza is super easy to make at home. My favorite part – when you make the dough yourself, you get to control the ingredients that go into it. Homemade (organic) pizza hits the spot!
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups of flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour)
1 cup of warm water
- Activate the yeast by combining with a pinch of sugar and 2 tablespoons of warm water. It will take 10-15 minutes for the yeast to puff up.
- Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- I use my KitchenAid mixer but you can also mix by hand. If you are using a KitchenAid mixer, set to 2 and let the mixer run until you notice all of the water is absorbed. Depending on the time of year and weather, you may need to add more water. The dough is ready when it turns into a soft ball.
- Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with olive oil and put the ball of dough inside. Cover the bowl and let it sit for 90 minutes at room temperature to rise.
- Lightly grease the pizza pan with olive oil and put the ball of dough on the pan. Stretch the dough slightly until it starts to spring back. Cover the dough and let it sit for 45 minutes on the pan. This is a really important step that I recently learned. It lets the dough rise again, making the dough much lighter and easier to work with.
- Preheat the over to 425 degrees. I like to use the Convection Bake setting on my oven but that is not required.
- Finish stretching the dough to fit the pan.
- Bake the dough for 5 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and add your sauce (1 jar or homemade), toppings and cheese (1 ball of whole milk, low moisture mozzarella cheese to shred).
10. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
11. Remove from the oven and let the pizza rest for a few minutes before cutting.
Pizza Tools & Ingredients
I’ve been making homemade pizzas for years, so I have accumulated a lot of fun pizza accessories. Here are a few of my favorite ingredients and tools [you can click on the image to purchase the product on Amazon].
Pizza Stone & Pans
Pizza Cutter & Peel
Pizza is a super fun dinner that everyone loves. For fun, you can also divide the dough into 4 smaller balls in step 5 to make personal pizzas and let each family member add their own toppings.
Comment if you try out this recipe or have any questions. Enjoy!