If you’ve been paying close attention to my weekly meal plans, you’ll notice that homemade pizza is slated for every Friday night. Pizza screams “hooray, it’s the weekend!” And I actually feel pretty good about it- whole wheat flour magically transforms a greasy indulgence into a semi-healthy and kid-friendly staple. Much better (and cheaper) than carry out or delivery each week.
pizza dough recipe
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp yeast (I buy in bulk from Costco, store in the freezer, and it lasts forever)
- 1 tsp sugar
I dump these three ingredients into my Kitchen Aid Mixer bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes, until it’s a bit bubbly. Then I add:
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp olive oil (ish- I never measure I just pour)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour (or if I’m running low on whole wheat, I swap and do 1 cup whole wheat and 2 cups all purpose. It’s flexible- use what you have!)
At this point I use the dough hook and mix on low until combined. Then I amp it up to let my machine kneed the dough for a bit. Of course you could mix and kneed by hand if you don’t have a mixer. I let it go for about 5 minutes, stop the mixer and remove the hook, add some more oil (just enough to coat the dough) and cover the bowl with a clean towel to let the dough rise. On days I get an early start the dough rises for an hour. On days we’re running late it gets about five minutes. The end result is a bit different, but I’ve been happy with the results either way.
After the dough is done rising, I turn the oven to 450 degrees. The dough gets rolled out (I use parchment paper, my counters aren’t super spacious for rolling out dough so I use my stove top). I go ahead and add the sauce, cheese and toppings. When the oven sings (aka preheats), bake for 17 minutes.
Allow the pizza to cool a bit before you eat. This seems like common sense but I tend to lack self-control when it comes to stuffing delicious food into my mouth and have burned the roof of my mouth an embarrassing number of times. You’d think I’d learn.
Do you have any recipes on repeat?