Discover How Easy it is to Make Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza There is nothing I like better than a great big slice of pizza from my local pizzeria's. There are three local companies that make really good pizzas but there is a downside to this, it can get...

Homemade Pizza
Homemade Pizza

There is nothing I like better than a great big slice of pizza from my local pizzeria's. There are three local companies that make really good pizzas but there is a downside to this, it can get really expensive! The crust is the most important part of the pizza, regardless of what you have placed on top or how good the sauce is, it is nothing without a good crust. There are several types of crust to choose from and depending on your  personal taste you can pick between thin, regular or thick crust or as they call it "pan pizza". Some places even go as far as stuffing the crust with cheese, which sounds good to me, it is like having your cheesy bread sticks along with your pizza.

Have you ever thought about making your own Homemade Pizza? You don't have to have a brick oven in your kitchen to make pizzeria quality pizza. Using your oven, you can make homemade pizza that is every bit as good as the ones you have been ordering. The best thing of all is, you can design your pizzas with as many toppings as you want for far less money than you have been paying the delivery person and you don't have to leave a tip either! You can buy some ready made pizza dough for your crust, I know they offer it at my local Trader Joe's and Von's or you can create your own by trying different recipes that you can find easily on the internet.

Pizza on a Pizza Stone
Pizza on a Pizza Stone

Here is one recipe that you might enjoy giving a try and if you don't have a pizza stone, you might like you purchase one, they're not expensive and they will give your crust that professional touch. There is another tool that is a must in my opinion, if you are going to make pizzeria type homemade pizza you will want to cut it like a professional as well. It is not very expensive either, but you might like to invest in a pizza wheel.

Pizza Crust:

  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-3/4 to 2 cups of room-temperature water

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients, stir vigorously. You can use a wooden spoon or an electric mixer.
  2. Once this process is complete, set the dough aside and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir this mixture for an additional 5 minutes, add more water or flour if necessary to get the right mixture, not too soft and not too sticky. The dough should be dry enough so that it holds together and pulls away from the side of the bowl when you mix it.
  4. Divide the dough into four pieces, spray the dough or a ziplock bag with non-stick spray and depending on when it will be used, put it into the refrigerator or freezer.
  5. When ready to use, remove from the refrigerator and let set for 1 hour until it gets to room temperature.

    Rolling the pizza dough
    Rolling the pizza dough

  6. Shape the dough by stretching it out to four or five inches and then hold it up by the edge and rotate it, letting its weight stretch it out.You can also use a rolling pin. When you feel a resistance, place it on a lightly greased platter and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. You can pick it up and repeat the process to get it a little thinner and then it is time to add your sauce and toppings.

Baking your pizza:

  1. If you are using a pizza stone you should have it already in the oven and heated to 450-500 degrees.
  2. When putting on the toppings it is a good idea to use parchment paper and corn meal so that the dough does not stick and will slide easily onto your pizza stone or whatever you are using.
  3. Let your pizza bake for five minutes at a time checking it each time to see if the cheese is melted and the crust is done to my liking.

That's it for making your own homemade pizza, I do hope that it turns out to be a great success.

Recipe option #2

For those who are still hesitant on creating your own crust here is a different idea that will make a very simple and tasty pizza without too much work. This is an easy recipe that any adult in the family can make with their pizza stone.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Easy Homemade Pizza

  • 2 cans of crescent rolls
  • ½ pound of sausage
  • ½ pound of pepperoni
  • 1 small onion chopped to desired size
  • 4 cups of mozzarella
  • 1 garlic clove or 1 tbsp. of garlic from a jar
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Any other veggies you want to add, like mushrooms of olives

Directions:

  1. Use a clean seasoned pizza stone, and preheat the stone and the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brown your sausage along with the garlic and onions (you can leave the onions raw if you wish), then drain the fat.
  3. Take your hot ungreased pizza stone and lay both cans of crescent rolls making the shape of the pizza. Be careful, because the stone is hot. You can use a silicone oven glove if you need to.
  4. Make sure to press the dough together leaving a gap here and there for air to escape. As long as it does not overlap, it will cook up just fine.

    Put on your sauce
    Put on your sauce

  5. Put on your sauce, and at this point you may even notice the dough starting to rise (this is a great thing!).
  6. Add parmesan, then meat and pepperoni. Add the veggies you want and top with all the cheese.
  7. Place the pizza in the center of the oven, not too close to the bottom or the top. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough is golden around the edges and cheese is nice and bubbly.
  8. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving. Keep a watch on the pizza, because it can burn fast!

Pizza Stones Give Pizzeria Taste At Home

Emile Henry Pizza Stone at Cilantro the Cooks Shop
Emile Henry Pizza Stone at Cilantro the Cooks Shop

Pizza stones are great to make pizza on, because it gives you that brick oven affect and flavor to the crust of the pizza. The crust on your pizza is crispy, but the crisp goes below the surface giving it a more pizzeria style taste and experience.

Got any tips?

Pizza stones can even make the greatest pizza with homemade dough. Just always remember these tips when using a pizza stone.

  • The darker the stone, the more seasoned it is (that is a good thing).
  • Never wash them with soap. Clean pizza stones with warm water, and allow them to air dry. Pizza stones are porous and will retain the flavor of the soap.
  • If the pizza came off the stone clean, you can just wipe the stone off and store it for use later.
  • Allow the pizza stone to cool for an hour before trying to clean or store it. It can be very hot!

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