Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a land of frozen pizzas. “Homemade pizza crust is just too daunting to make” she said as she skipped off to the store to buy a ready made pizza.
Then, the baking gods shone upon her with a simple, delicious (did I mention simple?) recipe for pizza crust! She read it over a few times and decided to go for it.
And the girl (her fiance and the cat) lived happily ever after with their yummy, homemade pizza crust. The End. :)
I had my “AHA” moment with this crust. I KNOW that homemade tastes much better, I KNOW that its better for you because there are no preservatives, I KNOW that I can top the pizza with fresh delicious veggies instead of frozen ones, i know, I Know, I KNOW!!!
It’s quick and simple and delicious and customizable… its fantastic. If you’ve never made pizza dough before because it seemed too daunting or you were afraid of messing up the dough, use this recipe as your breakthrough.
The fiance gave it two thumbs up, and I didn’t get any decent pictures because it disappeared into thin air. or at least it seemed like it ;)
Really Simple Pizza Dough
As seen on Smitten Kitchen
Makes enough for one small, thin crust pizza. Double it if you like your pizza thick and bready.
1 1/2 cups flour (can replace up to half of this with whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water (may need up to 1 or 2 tablespoons more)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Stir dry ingredients, including yeast, in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil, stirring mixture into as close to a ball as you can. Dump all clumps and floury bits onto a lightly floured surface and knead everything into a homogeneous ball. Use flour when needed… it’s slightly sticky at this point.
If you are finding this step difficult, simply pause. Leave the dough in a lightly-floured spot, put the empty bowl upside-down on top of it and come back in 2 to 5 minutes, at which point you will find the dough a lot more lovable.
Knead it for just a minute or two. Lightly oil the bowl (a spritz of cooking spray perfectly does the trick) where you had mixed it — one-bowl recipe! — dump the dough in, turn it over so all sides are coated, cover it in plastic wrap and leave it undisturbed for an hour or two, until it has doubled in size.
Dump it back on the floured counter and gently press the air out of the dough with the palm of your hands. Fold the piece into an approximate ball shape, and let it sit under that plastic wrap for 20 more minutes.
Sprinkle a pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal and preheat your oven to its top temperature. Roll out the pizza, toss on whatever topping and seasonings you like. If you like a TON-o-toppings and bready crust, slice them thinly so you don’t weigh down the dough.
Bake it for about 10-15 minutes until it’s lightly blistered and impossible to resist.
Please forgive the pictures, it was already dark outside and my oven isn’t very cooperative with letting me take pictures of rising dough :)
See? I spy a baker ;)