Friday, September 16, 2016

The Best Homemade Pizza

Pizza on a cutting board with pepperoni

It's a another beautiful day here in the northeast.  It's cool, and the humidity is gone!  I love the cooler temps especially in September, knowing that our summer here is over, and the kids go back to school. 

Homemade Pizza, what can I say.  I make it every week for my family.  My mom made it for us almost every Saturday back when I was a kid. Mom always made four pies, and we never had leftovers. I usually make two pies for my family, we do have leftovers. We love our toppings, usually we have pepperoni or sausage with green pepper and onions.  Our daughter Becca enjoys mushroom pizza, and our son Davey loves his chicken ranch pizza. I use large cookie sheets for my pizza, I just drizzle a bit of oil on them, they make the crust so crispy. I usually make My Homemade Pizza every Saturday night, and for me it's comforting knowing it's the weekend. We usually watch Netflix while enjoying the pizza, makes for a fun and easy night!

I always make pizza dough from scratch.  I feel its so easy, and cheap!  It only takes minutes to whip it up using a Kitchen Aid Mixer.  If you don't have one, a big bowl and your hands will do. If you haven't made homemade bread or homemade pizza dough, this recipe is easy, try it.  

    The Best Homemade Pizza

      For the Dough - Using a Kitchen Aid Mixer
      • 1 1/4 cups warm water (warm water, NOT HOT)
      • 2 TBS sugar
      • 2 Tsp. Active Dry Yeast
      • 4 Cups Bread Flour
      • 2 TBS oil (I use olive)
      • 1 tsp salt
      • Yeast Mixture already foamy
      For the Pizza - makes 2 pies
      • About 2 cups or more Tomato Sauce - 1 cup for each pie
      • 4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese - 2 cups for each pie
      • Toppings, whatever you like, pepperoni, cooked sausage, peppers/onions
      • 1/4 cup Parm cheese - divide on each pie
      • Italian seasoning to taste
      • Garlic powder to taste
      Instructions For the Pizza Dough
      In a bowl add the water, then the sugar and yeast...mix with a fork and let sit for 5 minutes until it gets all foamy, this is called "Proofing the Yeast".
      Add the flour, oil, salt, and yeast mixture to the Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Add the Yeast Mixture. With the Dough Hook attached, mix on low. Increase speed, and mix until all the mixture forms a ball around the dough hook, you may have to scrap the sides of the bowl down with a spatula.
      Now look is the dough forming a ball... or does it look like a "cake batter" in the bowl? If it looks like a batter, add 1/4 cup more flour, you want all the dough mixture to be wrapped around the dough hook, that means it's done kneading. Or, what if there is extra flour on the bottom of the bowl, then you need to add a little more water.
      Take the dough out of the bowl, and work it a little with your hands, if sticky add some more flour to your hands. Put in a well oiled large bowl, let rise for one hour.
      These are the tricks to bread making, if you don't have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you can use this same method, just the OLD FASHIONED way.....knead with your HANDS!
      When the dough is done rising, it will double in size, punch down. Divide it into 2, and let sit for about 5 minutes, will be elastic and easy to spread. Spread each loaf onto a greased pizza pan or stone. You don't need a rolling pin, use your hands. Now it's all ready to be TOPPED!

      Putting the Pizza Together
      Divide the dough in half, put each half on a cookie sheet or whatever you are using to make your pizza. Let it sit for a few minutes. Spread the dough onto your pizza pan or stone, get it spread out, if your having a hard time, let it rest for a few more mins and keep spreading, NO HOLES! Top each pizza with 1/2 cup sauce (if you like more, use more), then top each with 2 cups of the shredded Mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle on the Parm cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder to taste. Use your imagination, do you want meatballs or pepperoni, mushrooms on your pizza? Go for it!
      Bake in a preheated 450 oven. Put one pie on the top rack (positioned in the middle of the oven) and the other one on the bottom rack, the top rack pizza will brown lightly on the top and melt the cheese, and the bottom rack pizza pie will brown the bottom crust, so you need to switch them around during the baking time, get a long spatula, and look at the bottom crust, is it browning to your liking? Yes, then switch them around so the top racked pizza pie bottom crust gets brown, nothing like a soggy pizza bottom crust!
      Bake for about 15 - 20 mins, I like ours crispy for we leave it in for about 20 mins. Take them out and put on a board and cut. So delicious. Enjoy!
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      1 comment:

      1. Homemade is always the best. Looks great. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. See you again next week.


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