YID.DISH: Homemade Pizza

Pizza!

I’m sure that like me, many of you cannot get Hanukah cooking and baking out of your minds!  I will be making potato leek latkes, homemade apple sauce and some chewy ginger cookies tonight.  As you can tell, I’m in full holiday mode!  Anyway, if you are looking for a break from the holiday food maddness I have a great recipe for you!

My birthday was about a month and a half ago.  As much as I enjoy eating out I really wanted to cook my birthday dinner at home with my boyfriend this year.  We decided our main course would be homemade pizza – something neither of us had ever made.  I had heard it was very easy to make but having never made any type of yeast-based bread, I was a bit nervous!

I looked into a few recipes and ended up using one based on a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers.  I will say that this recipe didn’t make quite enough dough for me.  I think next time I will try this recipe.  The most fun thing about making your own pizza is that you can put anything you want on it (and it can be as healthy or unhealthy as you’d like)!  We were especially proud of our pizzas since the vast majority of the ingredients were local and organic.  I hope you enjoy making your own pizza.  Feel free to leave comments with your favorite topping combination!

Dough:

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast

3 1/2 cups flour (we used whole wheat but you can also do a combination)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

If you have a mixer with a bowl you can make the dough easily with it.  If you don’t, have no fear!  I don’t have one and mine turned out great.  I also don’t have a pizza stone.  Definitely use one if you have it but a cookie sheet works just fine.

In the large bowl add the warm water.  Sprinkle on the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Stir to dissolve completely if needed at the end of 5 minutes.

Mix in the olive oil, flour, salt and sugar until combined.  Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Place ball of dough in a bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil. Turn the dough around in the bowl so that it gets coated with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place (75-85°F) until it doubles in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If you don’t have a warm spot in the house you can heat the oven to 150 degrees, and then turn off the oven. Place the bowl of dough in this warmed oven to rise.

Preparing the Pizzas:

Preaheat the oven to 450°F for at least 30 mins.

Remove the plastic cover from the dough and punch the dough down so it deflates a bit. Divide the dough in half. Form two round balls of dough. Place each in its own bowl, cover with plastic and let sit for 10 minutes.

Prepare whatever toppings you’d like.  Here are the toppings for the pizzas in my picture at the beginning of the post:

Pizza on the right:  Pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes (they were still in season at this point), balsamic caramelized onions, parsley

Pizza on the left: Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, balsamic caramelized onions and mushrooms.

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4 Responses to “YID.DISH: Homemade Pizza”

  1. deva Says:

    i’ve found that for the tastiest pizza dough, use a scant amount of yeast. proof the dough for 20 minutes. put in a tupperware and stick in the fridge for 24-48 hours to let the yeast work it’s magic. take out of the fridge about an hour before you stretch and roll the dough.

    also, bake at 500 on a pizza stone for no more than 8 minutes. make sure you preheat the pizza stone at 500 for at least an hour. you won’t be sorry.

    as for my favorite toppings…white pie with capers and asparagus. :)

  2. Rivka Says:

    These pizzas look delish! I need to start making some myself.

  3. Alexis Says:

    Hi – thanks for the post. I never know what I will come across when I scroll these blogs. But just wanted to let you know I really liked yours. Keep it up.

    Alexis

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