Kim's Easy Homemade Pizza
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 16 slices
 
Make two delicious, chewy, gooey homemade pizzas for about $3 each and no rising time! This recipe serves about 8 people, unless you have teenagers and husbands with hollow legs, then it serves 6! (Ask me how I know this!)
Ingredients
  • For the crust
  • 2 tbsp baking yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar or honey
  • 4 tbsp oil (olive or vegetable oil)
  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 5-6 cups of flour
  • Toppings:
  • 1 can Hunts Garlic & Herb Pasta Sauce
  • 1 16oz bag shredded mozzarella
  • 1 bag sliced pepperoni
  • any other toppings of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F (204°C).
  2. Put the yeast, sugar/honey, and the oil in a very large bowl. Pour the warm water over it and stir until dissolved. Let sit in a warm place until foamy (about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, assemble the rest of your ingredients. Open bags, cans, etc. Grease 2 large round pans with oil and set aside.
  4. Once you have a bit of foam on the surface of your yeast mixture, it's go time! Stir 3½ cups of flour into the mixture with a large wooden spoon. The dough will be really sticky.
  5. Important: The goal is to add flour a little at time until it's soft, smooth and pliable; not sticky or stiff. You will learn to "feel" when it's right. So take your time adding flour. You can always add more but you can't take away. The consistency of the dough is the secret to this recipe!
  6. Add flour, about a half cup at a time, until the dough is soft, smooth and not sticking to the spoon. At this point, set the spoon aside and knead for a few minutes in the bowl with your hands, sprinkling more flour in to reduce the stickiness. Dough should stay soft and not be stiff.
  7. Pinch dough into two halves. Sprinkle a little more flour on it and turn one ball onto the pan, working it towards the edges with your hands and adding more flour in small amounts as needed. Do this again for the second pizza.
  8. Spread about ¼ of the can of sauce onto each pizza crust. (I like to use the back of the same wooden spoon I used to stir the dough.)
  9. Sprinkle half the bag of mozzerella on each pizza, and top with pepperoni and any other topping of your choice.
  10. Bake at 400 degree for 20 minutes.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve!
Notes
-This recipe is very adaptable. You can substitute up to half of the white flour with whole grain flours and you'll still get a nice, fluffy crust. Over half, and it'll turn out denser but very good.

-You can use whatever sauce and toppings you like. You can make it vegetarian and even vegan by changing out the cheese to a non-dairy one.

-Please note that some vegetables will release water when they bake and make the pizza look a bit runny. If you cook a few extra minutes (perhaps lower the temperature the last few minutes), the water should evaporate.

-You can also use this pizza crust to make breakfast pizza and also cinnamon rolls. It's very versatile!

-I haven't tried using gluten free flours yet, but that's next on my list!
Recipe by Frugal Foodie Moms at http://www.frugalfoodiemoms.com/kims-homemade-pizza/