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?
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!