Mmmm…. Pizza. I love pizza.
I love pizza even more than Gabriella loves bathtime. That’s saying something, guys.
I love pizza even more when it’s homemade… And cheap. And delicious. And easy to make while entertaining a beautiful little baby girl in your kitchen. Get where I’m going with this? Homemade pizza is the bomb.
I’m so glad this is an easy recipe too, because halfway through kneading the dough, Gabby decided it wasn’t fun anymore to watch Mom make pizza dough and demanded to be held. This recipe is so easy, in fact, you can hold a baby and knead with one hand! I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that, though 🙂
You can make two big pizzas with one batch, or 4 smallish pizzas, or a bunch of super-mini pizzas. We’ve done all of the above sizes- depending on if it’s just Joey and I eating, or if we are having friends over for a pizza bar (which is totally fun by the way, highly recommend it). This dough is chewy and delicious- so much better than anything prepackaged!!
I am trying to get organized and come up with a somewhat weekly menu plan to rely on- basically a list of go-to recipes for those days when you have no room left in your brain to come up with an idea of what to make for dinner. This easy dough is a basically a blank canvas- you can put any toppings you want on it, and therefore it’s great to work in for a weekly dinner because you can make all sorts of different kinds of pizza.
For example, Joey and I usually do just cheese/ pepperoni. When we had our friends over for a pizza bar a while back though, we got creative! Us girls made a gourmet pizza- goat cheese, apples, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach with pesto. SO dang. The guys mostly just took every meat option available and loaded up their pizzas.
Possible toppings: bell peppers, mushrooms, beef, apples, sun dried tomatoes, apples, pesto, EVOO, tomatoes, sausage, pepperoni, goat cheese, red grapes (seriously! so good!) spinach, garlic, squash, chickpeas, steak, the list is endless! Just grab whatever is in your fridge and try it out- you’ll be surprised what tastes good.
I imagine this would be a hit with young kids too!
Easiest Pizza Dough
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (original recipe had 1 3/4 cups white flour and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (original recipe had 2 tbsp oil)
- 1 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 packet yeast (1/4th oz)
- 2 tsp sea salt
In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water and yeast.
Stir in the salt and flour and mix on medium high speed on your KitchenAid for 5 minutes. While the mixer is going, drizzle in the olive oil.
When the dough is soft and elastic, take out of the bowl, rub with olive oil and then place back in the bowl, cover with a dish towel and let rise for one hour.
After the dough has doubled in size, cut in half to make two large pizza doughs or make mini doughs. You could also do what I like to do and freeze the dough in a plastic baggie for another time! When you are ready for your pizza, roll out the dough, poke holes in the dough with a fork all over, cover with your toppings and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes.
**You could also make this dough without an electric mixer…..just knead by hand for about 8 minutes and then follow above steps! I’ve made it by hand many, many times and it always comes out right.