At some time in your life you have craved pizza. For me, when I crave pizza it hits hard, and I always want a variety. The first time I made pizza dough it was a mess. I think I probably even said a few words that my grandmother would have been shocked to hear from her sweet little baker. My husband and I have made homemade pizza more times now than we would like to admit to ourselves, just so we could make it easier for you. Every pizza is different, and everyone deserves to have their own.
Ingredients for dough :
* This recipe makes 2 medium pizzas or one large pizza. I usually double this recipe and freeze the leftover dough if I have any.
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1/4 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup room temp. pale lager beer
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 1 tsp basil (optional)
- 1 tsp rosemary (optional)
- 1 tsp oregano (optional)
- 1 tsp sage (optional)
Basic Topping Options : Mushrooms, Black Olives, Sliced Onion, Banana Pepper, Bell Pepper (of any color), jalapeño, pineapple, zucchini, mock meat, dairy- free cheese (Daiya and Follow Your Heart are my favorite)
Ingredients for sauce :
- 15 oz. tomato sauce
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 2 small garlic cloves, minced (around 2 tsp.)
- 1 TBSP oregano
- 1 TBSP basil
- couple dashes of fennel seed (optional)
For the sauce :
Mix tomato sauce and tomato paste together in a medium bowl until blended well. Mix in garlic, oregano, basil and fennel (if using) as well as any other spice you would like. Be creative, this is a simple recipe. Refrigerate while you prepare the dough.
For the dough :
Preheat oven 425 degrees.
Mix the yeast with the beer and water until the yeast is dissolved. Let it stand for 10 minutes.
Add salt and vegetable oil. Mix. Add the flour, and mix.* If you want to add herbs do it now, also. *
Make room to roll the dough, scatter some flour on your work surface and hands . You may need quite a bit to get it to not stick all over you, that’s fine. If you have time, let the dough sit for as long as you can. It’s always good to let it rise, but sometimes I just go ahead and throw it in the oven right away. Roll out the dough, and place on your pan or pizza stone. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes.
Take it out and rub vegetable oil over it. Add toppings, and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes. Depending on the thickness of your pizza, you may need more or less time. Keep an eye on it after about 10 minutes of cooking and adjust it as needed.