I might have mentioned that we love pizza around here.
We love it all – restaurant pizza, take out pizza, homemade pizza – we have even been known to cook a frozen pizza or two. (With or without the cardboard. Ahem.)
But, dare I say it? The favourite pizza by far at the Co-Pilot Hangar is homemade pizza. It is a meal that always gets a “YES!” response to “What’s for supper?”
And much of that has to do with this simple, super-fast pizza crust recipe that I have been using for years.
I found it online ages ago while searching for a dough recipe that didn’t have to rise forever and a day. I wrote it on a piece of paper and tucked it into my recipe binder – these were the days before the blog and Pinterest – without making note of where I found it. I have tried to find the original recipe to reference, but I have not been able to find it. It was so long ago that even if it still out there, it is likely buried in search result pages.
I have changed it a bit over the years – subtracting a little salt and adding a little oil – and we have never been disappointed. I have used white flour, whole wheat flour or most often, a combination of the two.
It is the perfect vehicle for meat, veggies, sauce and cheese – whatever toppings you want to throw on it. And it is flexible – you can have pizza on the table in less than an hour, or if you have a little more time, you can let the dough sit a little longer. Seriously, you cannot mess this up.
I double the recipe so that we have 2 pizzas – I usually make a veggie loaded pizza for David and myself and a meatier pizza pie-o for the boys – that way we have leftovers for lunch (or breakfast) the next day. (Yes, we have never left our college-era, pizza-for-breakfast-loving ways behind us.)
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- *Note: I use a stand mixer for this recipe, but you can do it by hand with a little extra kneading.*
- Preheat oven to 450
- In a bowl, mix yeast and water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Yeast should begin to bubble and foam on the surface of the water.
- Mix flour, sugar, salt and oil in mixing bowl.
- Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture and mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from side of bowl. Often, the mixture is a bit dry, so I add a little more warm water by the spoonful until the dough forms. Knead (or give it a spin in the mixer) for a few more minutes.
- Cover dough and let rise in a warm spot for 15 minutes
- Roll out dough and add your favourite toppings
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is melted
This recipe is tasty and convenient and fast! (Do mealtimes get better than that?) You can pick your ingredients and make your dough and BOOM! Pizza on the table in about an hour.
What is on your favourite pizza? (I am always looking for ideas.)