I'm a huge fan of pizza. And not in the way that most people are, where they pickup a pizza for the family every Friday night as a special treat. Seriously, I think I might have an actual problem with the amount of pizza I consume.
Pizza makes an appearance in our house at least once a week, but I usually have leftovers so, realistically, we're probably eating it two to three nights a week. Also, when I travel outside of the country, I still require a semi-regular pizza consumption schedule. This means I've had pizza from New Zealand to Paris; sometimes it's good and sometimes it is sadly lacking in the delicious department.
Alas, I have come to accept that, for me, pizza is a food group unto itself. So, what's a girl to do? Well, for one, start making her own pizza. After all, ordering in all the time gets expensive!
This pizza dough recipe from Fabulous Foods is the best recipe I've found. It's also the easiest. What a great combination!
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 16 ounces (about 2 3/4 cups) bread flour
- 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) semolina flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Place hot water, yeast, and sugar in your food processor and pulse twice. Let sit for a couple of minutes while you mix together your dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the bread flour, semolina flour, and salt.
- Pour your dry ingredients into the food processor and turn it on for roughly one minute. Take the lid off of your food processor and feel the dough, which should have been kneaded into a rough ball.
- At this point, you can add more flour if the dough is too wet. However, I have found that this dough works best when left as is, even when it seems too sticky.
- Pour the olive oil into a large bowl and spread it around the walls.
- With the oil on your hands, remove the dough from the food processor and form into a ball. Place the dough into the bowl and turn once to coat with the oil.
- Cover the bowl and let it rise in a warm place for about one hour or until roughly doubled in size.
- Spread a light layer of flour onto a clean countertop and lightly dust a rolling pin with flour. Divide the dough in half and roll it out.
- Place the dough on a pizza stone and bake at 500 degrees fahrenheit for 5-minutes.
- Remove the dough from the oven and add sauce and toppings. Place back in the oven and back for another 5-minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.
Follow this recipe and you'll be rewarded with amazing, homemade pizza!
I tend to make this on the weekend, when I have some more free time, and keep it in the refrigerator until I'm ready to use it. Sound up your alley?
Make Ahead Directions
- Follow directions through step 7.
- Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in foil that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil.
- Place in a zip top bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- When you're ready to use, let the dough come to room temperature and then proceed with rolling out and baking according to directions listed above.
Now the only question is what you'll top your pizza with!