We eat a lot of pizza. I’m not sure who requests it more often, the kids or my husband. I used to buy pre-made pizza crust for our weekly pizza nights, but when I realized how easy and inexpensive it was to make my own crust I never looked back. Once you try this you will feel the same way. Homemade crust tastes much more authentic, and is completely all natural. You can even add your own personalized blend of herbs and spies to make it exactly the way you like it. Making your own pizza dough is a fun way to spend some family time in the kitchen too. As the weather cools off be sure to put this on your list of fun indoor activities. Sophie loves measuring out the ingredients and mixing everything together, but her favorite activity is stretching out her very own pizza dough. Even Max, who just turned two, loves playing with the dough. After the dough gets shaped everyone gets to pick out their own toppings. I’ve had plenty of pepperoni pizzas so I like to change things up with Caprese Pizza. But the kids and their Dad, are purists so we keep plenty of pepperoni on hand.
Homemade Pizza Dough
makes 4 personal sized pizzas
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon honey
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups flour – you can use whole wheat, white wheat, or for gluten free use a combination of half brown rice flour and half sweet sorghum flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
Toppings of your choice
Place the yeast into the warm water. Add honey and olive oil. Stir lightly with a spoon and set aside for 1-2 minutes.
Add flour and salt to the bowl of a large food processor (6 cup capacity or larger). Pour the yeast mixture into the food processor. Attach the lid and turn on the processor. You will see a ball form very quickly, usually 30 seconds or less, which will indicate that the dough is ready. If the dough seems too dry you can add warm water 1 Tablespoon at a time, then mix well in the food processor. **You can also mix this by hand, which a great job for the kids to do. It just takes a minute or so longer.
After dough is formed place it into a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm spot for 1 hour, to allow the dough to rise. (You can also let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place dough onto a counter that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Stretch dough into a rounded shape. Place dough onto a baking sheet that has been coated with cooking spray. Add sauce and toppings. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and crispy.
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