Pizza from Scratch
Homemade pizza from scratch made just the way you like it!
3 - 4
Toppings of Choice
pizza sauce, pesto, or minced garlic in olive oil
shredded mozzarella or other cheese
chopped vegetables, pepperoni, sausage, or other toppings
Pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning to taste
Mix 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in mixing bowl.
Heat water to 120 degrees F in microwave or saucepan.
Add water and vegetable oil to flour mixture and stir until combined.
Add the rest of the flour, a little at a time, stirring to combine, until it is difficult to stir.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead to incorporate the remainder of the flour. Dough should not be sticky, add a little more flour if necessary.
Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle cornmeal on greased cookie sheets or pizza pans and set aside.
Prepare toppings. Preheat oven to 400 F
Divide dough in half and form into balls. Using hands or a rolling pin, roll the dough out on floured surface until about 1 - 2" thick. Place on pan. Repeat with the second ball.
Spread pizza sauce, minced garlic in olive oil, or pesto on crusts. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning and top with your choice of toppings and shredded cheese.
Bake pizzas for 20 - 30 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted. Test center to make sure dough is cooked through.
Allow pizzas to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and slice.
For whole wheat pizza crusts, replace 1 cup of unbleached flour with whole wheat flour.