Sunday, August 5, 2012

Homemade Pizza (super yummy easy recipe)

Tonight I made my favorite homemade pizza.  The dough is a recipe my mom has been using since her 8th grade home ec class and it has been a family favorite for years.  The spices make it smell (and taste) so, so yummy even though it's such a no-fuss recipe.  I mean, if an 8th grader can do it, you know it's easy, right?

Homemade Pizza
Makes 1 pizza

·        1 TBS dry yeast (aka 1 packet)
·        ½ cup + 2 TBS lukewarm water
·        1 tsp sugar
·        1 TBS shortening
·        ¼ tsp salt
·        Dash of pepper
·        ½ tsp garlic powder
·        1 tsp oregano
·        2 cups flour*

*2 cups white flour or 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour.  If using whole wheat flour, add the whole wheat flour first.

Combine lukewarm water and sugar.  Add dry yeast and stir.  Let stand for about 5 minutes until yeast is dissolved.  Combine shortening, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano in a large bowl.  Add yeast mixture to shortening mixture.  Add flour to shortening and yeast mixture, adding 1 cup of flour at a time, mixing well after each addition. 

Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface until dough is about ½” to 1” thick.  Place dough on a greased cookie sheet and turn dough up around edges to make a slight rim.  Cook dough (without toppings) at 425° for 8 minutes. 

·        Pizza (spaghetti) sauce
·        Pepperoni (fresh or frozen)
·        1 small can mushrooms, drained
·        1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
·        1 small can sliced olives, drained
·        Mozzarella cheese (fresh or frozen)

Add toppings and cook at 425° until cheese melts, about 10 minutes

Click HERE for a printable version of the Homemade Pizza recipe.

Tonight when we made it I made a double batch of dough.  I used a little more than half for the pizza crust.  Then I rolled out the rest and cut it into strips, placed the strips on a greased baking sheet (bake at 425 for 8 minutes and they'll be done), and we had bread sticks.  A little extra pizza sauce works great for dipping.  As Bryan likes to say, we had pizza with a side of pizza.  But whatevs.  It was gooood.

Oh, and I messed up on one of the bread sticks, so I smooshed it into a mini pizza for a certain little someone.  Anything tiny is a major win with Olivia.  I'll give you one guess as to how she felt about having her very own little pizza.  :)

Happy pizza making!


Kathy Haynie said...

Yum! love the photo of that little tiny pizza. :)

Lisa Lou said...

Have you made the pizza dough from the Food Nanny cook book? SO GOOD! And it makes great bread sticks TOO! Love easy yummy recipes. (We have homemade pizza AT LEAST once a week - usually Fridays)