Tasty Tuesday – Pizza From Scratch

In 2013, the year I started my cooking journey, I started trying to make pizza because frozen pizzas are okay but usually disappointing, and delivery pizzas are usually disgustingly greasy. (As a side note: Pizza Hut, you tried so hard with your stuffed pretzel crust. You tried too hard. Yuck.)

We started out trying to make pizza with store bought canned dough. When taking on something with so many parts, it’s best to start small. Then this happened:

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Yeah, that’s not the prettiest pizza I’ve ever seen. We found some success with premade dough from the Portland Pie Co. But then I decided to try making my own dough from scratch. Like the french fries, it’s a lot easier than it would seem at first. And I make it with whole-wheat flour so it’s much less floury and doughy tasting. Here’s how to make your own, no tossing required.

Pour one package (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) of yeast into a bowl with one teaspoon of sugar. Warm one cup of water for 40-50 seconds in the microwave. You want it hot but not scalding. Pour into the bowl and let sit for ten minutes.

Once ten minutes has gone by, add 1/4 cup of olive oil, a few teaspoons of Italian seasoning (or pizza seasoning), about a clove of minced garlic, a teaspoon of salt, and up to a teaspoon of red pepper flakes. We don’t like our dough spicy but I enjoy a little kick so I only shake the red pepper once or so over the bowl.

When those are all blended, add 2 1/2 cups of flour. You can use all-purpose but I feel like whole-wheat soaks it all up better and is less sticky in the end. It’s also healthier for you anyway. Now leave the dough alone for another ten minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 and press out the dough on a greased pizza pan or just a regular baking sheet. Make it as thin or thick as you like. Then cover it in pizza sauce. We buy our sauce jarred because I haven’t attempted to make it yet. Now is the time to add your toppings. I’m a big fan of spinach pizza but we’ve also tried pepperoni and mushrooms. Then cover your toppings in cheese.

Bake for up to 25 minutes or until the dough is set and the cheese looks good. Mine usually only takes 20 but that could depend on your toppings. Finally it will look like this:

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Delicious. While it takes a while to get from ingredients to dinner, you only have maybe ten minutes of actual work.

Another side note: Google image search thinks my fail pizza looks similar to a steak cooking while my good pizza comes up with similar pictures of actual pizza, and quiches. Well then, guess that is an improvement.

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