How To Make A Quick And Delicious Pizza From Scratch
I've been making pizza every Friday for many many years, and my mom found this recipe several years ago and I've been making it ever since. I've had some fun experimenting with the original recipe and technique and finally got something that I really enjoy. All in all, it takes about an hour, but tastes really good.
- 1 cup Warm Water
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 Package Instant Yeast, roughly 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Sugar, optional
- Pizza or Tomato Sauce
This recipe is much easier if you have a bread machine, but the same instructions apply if you kneed dough by hand.
Step 1 - Assemble the ingredients!
Place the warm water and olive oil in the mixing bowl followed by the flour. On top of the flour add the yeast, salt, and sugar. Set the bread machine to a mixing cycle and wait for it to complete, which is normally 15-20 minutes.
Optional: Chilling the dough.
This step is completely optional and was actually an experiment. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a towel in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. The time preference is up to you, the idea of this recipe is to have a quick pizza so do ever you want.
Step 2 - Forming the dough.
Note: pre-heat the oven to 400f
Forming dough takes practice, but I'll give you some hints. First, lightly flour or oil the surface so the dough won't stick. Using oil over flour may give the dough a better taste, but is more messy. I personally prefer this method, and a lot of times add the oil directly to a pizza stone and form the dough right on it.
The dough should be enough to make a large square/rectangle pizza or two smaller round ones, so divide the dough if necessary and form each back into a ball and let sit for several minutes.
Start by patting down the dough and slowly making it larger. From this point, you can use a rolling pin to finish, but if you find that the dough shrinks back after you roll it, let it sit for five minutes (repeat if necessary).
Step 3 - Pre-cook.
You'll want to pre-cook the dough without toppings for 5-7 minutes. The dough will rise up fast within this time.
Step 4 - Cook it!
Take the dough out after it's done pre-cooking and top it with sauce and cheese and add what ever else your heart desires, then re-cook for 15-17 minutes. Take the pizza out, slice, and serve!