Pizza Crust

Scrumptious Sundays
Many people have Pizza and a movie night on Friday nights and we hope to continue this as our children get older. Pizza for the family from the delivery joints is usually $22-$25 by the time they add delivery charge and you tip the guy at least the price of a gallon of gas. That is $1,300 per year! So why not make your own pizza? This could have been a Freezer Food Friday post because you can make more than one pizza crust and freeze or refrigerate some for other days. I like to make my pizza crust for Friday night on Friday morning, then I leave it in the microwave to rise through the afternoon. Then at dinner time, I punch it down and shape it right before we bake it.

Pizza Crust from Scratch

Adapted from Dana G

1 T Active Dry Yeast
1 C Warm Water (100-110 degrees)
2 C Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
1 C Whole Wheat Flour
2 T to 1/4 C Wheat Gluten (optional, I sub flour)
3 T Cornmeal
up to 1/3 C More Warm Water
1 1/2 t Salt (mandatory)
3 T Olive Oil

Just dumping all this in together will work in a mixer with a dough hook or in a bread machine. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. If using a mixer, let it knead for 5 to 10 minutes. Prepare toppings.
If making by hand, combine yeast and warm water in a mixing bowl. Let stand for about 10 minutes or until the yeast softens. In the meantime, measure the flours, gluten and cornmeal into a separate bowl & stir. One cup at a time, stir the flour mixture into the yeast mixture, beating vigorously after each addition with a wooden spoon until it is smooth. Add extra water, if needed. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in bulk. 
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Punch dough down, and then add the salt and oil. Fold the dough over onto itself, and knead until the oil is absorbed. Either way, allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes. Grease a large baking stone or pizza pan. Roll and/or stretch the dough to fill the stone. Crimp the edge to form a slight lip or stuff with cheese and Italian Seasoning. For a thick crust, let rise. For thin, immediately proceed with topping and baking.
Here’s how my family likes ours topped: Spread tomato paste over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning and pepper. Top with grated mozzarella, ground beef that’s been cooked with onions and garlic, & whatever veggies I have on hand, usually diced or sliced zucchini or yellow squash, bell pepper, onion, tomato, and/or mushrooms. (I have to limit the amount of veggies so it doesn’t become a casserole.) Add a little more cheese and drizzle a little olive oil over all. Bake until the pizza is bubbling, about 10-12 minutes.
When my kids were little, I invited my friend and her kids over and gave some dough on a floured cutting board to each of the kids to roll, stretch, and top with their choice of toppings. I slid them onto a stone and baked them. They were delighted with their own little pizzas they had made themselves.
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4 Responses

  1. What a great idea! And fun for the kids. You’re right, it is expensive to get delivered pizza!

  2. Welcome to Scrumptious Sunday! Oooohhhh~this sounds wonderful. I have bought pizza crust and made homemade pizza that way…yes definitely tastes better and is much cheaper than ordering out. I used to work at a Baitshop/Convenience Store/Restaurant (only in Tennessee-lol) and the owner would come in on Sundays and make homemade bread and homemade pizza crusts for us to use the rest of the week. It was delicious!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! You can check out my Grilled Tilapia With Mango Salsa here:
    http://mercedesrules.wordpress.com/2008/05/11/grilled-tilapia-with-mango-salsa/

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