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Fast & Easy Pizza Recipe
You Can Make a Fast And Easy Pizza at Home
I know that ordering a pizza, for some people, is a favourite family ritual. I know that this has been, at one time or another, true for my family as well. But now we rarely order in pizza ... we make our own!
Fast and Easy Pizza Crust
The biggest challenge for most people is pizza crust. Many otherwise reasonable people believe that there is a secret to making a good pizza crust, and that they certainly don't know it. No worries! I'm going to tell you how to make a really fast pizza dough.
Prepare Your Pizza Toppings First
I like to start by preparing the cheese (grate enough to cover two 10 inch pizza pans), and other toppings. Toppings are a personal choice, of course, and you may just want to stick with the cheese, but here is what I typically consider putting on a pizza (add or delete as desired):
- Tomato Slices
- Onion Slices
- Pepper Slices
- Black Olives
- Ham Finely Diced
- Pineapple Diced
Naturally, you can add such things as the ever popular pepperoni, etc. It's really up to you to decide what you want your cheese to melt all over.
Now Prepare Your Pizza Dough
Before you start this part, turn on the oven: 350 degrees, please.
Get a big bowl, and put the following items in it:
- 3 cups of flour (I use multigrain, you can use whatever)
- 1 egg (don't forget to remove the shell)
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of oil (I use virgin olive oil)
Mix the above thoroughly with a good fork (good forks don't bend easily ... if you don't have a good fork you can use your hands, or whatever is handy).
Now, add water, a little bit at a time, mixing constantly, until the mix has a nice consistency ... not too dry, and not too sticky. It should feel flexible, and not stick to your hands easily. If you add too much water, and it gets sticky, add more flour, a little at a time, to adjust.
Shape Your Pizza Dough
When your dough is ready, you can immediately start to use it. Divide it in half, and make two nice, round balls of dough. Place one on a large, flat, dry surface (your kitchen table?) that has been sprinkled with flour. Flatten it out a bit with the palm of your hand, then flip it over a few times in the flour so that both top and bottom are dusted with flour.
Now grab your rolling pin, and roll out the dough until it is a little bigger than your pizza pan (10 inch pizza pans are available in most grocery stores).
Place the flattened dough on the pan, and fold the edges in, pressing them down with a fork, so that the dough fits nicely in the pan, and you have a bit of crust at the edge.
Repeat the above with the other ball of dough. You'll need to sprinkle more flour on the table.
Don't Forget the Tomato Sauce
I often forget the tomato sauce. I think it still tastes great that way, but the family complains. So grab a can of tomato or spaghetti sauce and spread a thin layer over each pizza crust
Add the Cheese
A layer of cheese goes over the thin layer of tomato sauce.
Add the Toppings
Evenly sprinkle your desired topping over the cheese. Or if you have a family that loves and hates a particular topping, put that topping over only half the pizza.
Time to Bake the First Pizza
My oven will only hold one 10 inch Pizza pan. That drives me crazy, because it will ALMOST hold two. You can put a couple of pizzas in side by side if they will fit, but don't put one on a higher and the other on a lower rack. They will not cook evenly that way.
Keep an Eye on That Cheese
You will know your pizza is done when the cheese starts to bubble happily on top, or when the crust is nice and brown on the bottom. About 20 to 30 minutes in my oven, but times will vary depending on how much cheese and how many toppings are involved. A little experimenting will teach you how long your own version takes to cook.
Let that Pizza Cool Down
Don't try eating it the moment it comes out of the oven. You are likely to burn the roof of your mouth, or worse. Let it sit for 7 to 10 minutes at least before you feast.
Enjoy Your Pizza!
If you are really hyper, and want to impress your kids, you can do the whole thing in about 45 minutes, minus cooling. Reasonably, you will be eating pizza in an hour if you stay organized.
Nothing beats home made pizza!