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January 30, 2012
Homemade Pizza Dough
Who doesn’t love a pizza party? I know at the Throwback Road house we sure do! This recipe was sent to me by a Throwback Road reader Sarah S., from O'Fallon, MO. She was sweet enough to let me try her families pizza dough recipe passed down to her from her aunt. Let me tell you, I have tried various dough recipes and this one has now become my new standard! Even my 5 year old exclaimed while eating his pizza “Mama, we should never get the pizza that the guy brings to our front door again. This one is way better!” Kid tested, mother approved.
Mauyra's Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups warm water
add 2 packages of yeast and mix well, let sit for a couple of minutes and get foamy.
add 1/4 cup of oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. of honey, mix well.
add 4 1/2 cups of flour, mix and knead until smooth (this is where the Kitchen Aid mixer is handy)
Let rise for 1 hour and punch down.
This makes 2 crusts.
Roll them out with a bit of flour and place on pizza stone or pan. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
It bakes at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes with toppings on a pan. Or for really crispy crust you can bake the crust on the pan for 10 min then take out and cool. Then top with your favorite toppings and rebake for 10 min.
**Olive oil was my choice of oil for this dough and I always cook my homemade pizzas on a pizza stone. I feel that it makes the crust just that much better, but I am sure that a normal baking sheet would do the trick.
The Kitchen Aid mixer is not a must have for this recipe, but the dough hook action makes the whole process a lot quicker.
All of these ingredients should be in your pantry….so easy.
We are pizza purists around here….pepperoni, buffalo mozzarella, organic pizza sauce, and shredded mozzarella. Pizzas are great because you can really customize to everyone's tastes without having to make a bunch of meals.
Big C spreading the sauce on his pizza..
The before shots…I could have honestly eaten them raw.
Pepperoni and Cheese please!
My take on the pizza by the pound pizzas at Whole Foods. If you have ever been to Whole Foods, you know what I am talking about. Honestly, I don’t understand why you just can’t get a slice anymore and have to order by the pound. I mean who really wants to know the weight of the pizza they are about to stuff in their mouth….NOT ME.
I have to thank Sarah again because this crust is divine! Chewy, flavorful, beautiful, and so easy to work with. I will never claim to be one of those fancy pizzeria guys who can flip the dough in the air, but this dough almost gave me the confidence to give it a whirl.
At this point Big C is saying to me….”Mama stop taking pictures! I want to eat!” This food shot turned into an action shot real quick. I hope you try this recipe out. I love it, and the kids had so much fun making their own pizzas. It is a great family cooking project and I look forward to being a little more creative with my toppings next time. I just read an article about a kale, manchego cheese, and spanish chorizo pizza. Sound delicious! Happy pizza making and thanks again to Sarah S. for sharing!
What is your favorite pizza topping?