Homemade Pizza Night is Possible!

My Motivation is Pizza!

While I am certainly not one to turn down a night on the town, sometimes you just want to stay in and have some delicious warm crisp homemade pizza. Who has the energy, you might ask. The truth of the matter is it isn’t hard or very time-consuming. Let me show you what I mean.

Proofing Yeast

Proofing the Yeast

First mix one package of active yeast, a tablespoon of honey, and one cup of warm water. What is warm? Put a finger in the water it should be almost too hot to hold it there. Leave it for about 14 minutes and watch it rise. It should look something like this.

Rising Yeast

Let it Rise!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The good stuff! You’ll love the aroma.

while you’re waiting mix 2 1/2 cups of flour with 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. You might as well get your olive oil ready as well, all 3 tablespoons of it.Now comes the fun part, makes the olive oil into the yeast and then makes your liquid ingredients with your dry ingredients.

Pizza Dough Coming Together

Now that’s some wet dough!

at this point for the mixture out onto well floured surface and knead it by hand until smooth.

Proofing Pizza Dough

Proofing Pizza Dough

Flour Your Surface

Don’t forget to flour your surface!

after three or four minutes it should look something like this.no rub some olive oil on the base of a large mixing bowl cover with a towel and put in a warm place.

Raise the Dough

Let it rise, again!

Double the Dough

It has risen, about double the size

Make sure your bowl is large enough because the dough should rise to twice its original size.

So Many Options

At this point your door was ready to be made into whatever you want to make it. You can do pizza, Stromboli, call zone, flatbread or even pick it up and turned it into regular bread. Me? Definitely going to be pizza. So next step is to put the pizza stone into the oven and crank up the heat as high as your pizza stone can handle. In my case it’s only 415°

Pizza Stone

Heat up that pizza stone.

Don’t have a pizza stone? Don’t worry about it. While the pizza stone does add to the texture of the pizza you’ll still have a great pizza on your hands without it.

Portion Pizza Dough

Cut it up!

This mound of dough will make two large pizzas or four medium ones. I’m going to make medium ones because they’re easier to handle. However this is the point where I freeze the dough I’m not using today, so take half of it though and stick it in the freezer!

Frozen Pizza Dough

Freeze it for up to a week.

Feel Free to be Weird

The next big question is how do you roll it out into this perfect little circles? The answer is I don’t. We like weird shapes and make pizza fun and we don’t sweat it too much.

Roll out the pizza dough

Weird shapes prove it was homemade!

So let the Stone rise another 10 minutes or so and then put it into the oven to prebake. This makes it a lot easier to handle.

Prebake pizza dough

Prebake your dough.

Pick your favorite toppings and and put it back in the oven to melt the cheese!

Homemade pizza

Use whatever toppings you like

After about seven minutes in the oven this is what you get crispy gooey perfection.

Homemade PIzza

Homemade pizza, ready to eat!

And yes, I like egg on my pizza. Don’t know it ’till you try it! What are your favorite toppings?