Here is another favorite recipe of mine from Giada’s Happy Cooking. I love making my own pizza dough. I know dough can be intimidating to some people and it seems like it would be so time consuming, but this is really an easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to throw together. While you do have to let the dough rise for at least an hour, the actual prep is pretty quick. One of my teenage sons who is 17 said to me the other night after we had this for dinner, “This is the best pizza I’ve had in a really long time”. That was a pretty huge compliment considering how often he eats pizza when he’s out and about. It is also so much more economical and budget friendly considering it costs much less to make at home compared to ordering out at $20 – $30 a pizza! Top with your favorite sauce, cheese and any other pizza toppings you favor. Give this a try…I bet you’ll be glad you did!
1 cup warm water
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp honey
2 & 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp kosher salt
Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp cornmeal
* I usually double the above ingredients for my family of 5 to make 2 large pizzas.
In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and honey. Stir to dissolve. Allow mixture to sit for 3 minutes to make sure the yeast is alive. It should foam and start to bubble a bit.
Place the flour and salt in a separate large mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and stir to combine. As it begins to thicken and come together, use your hands to form the mixture into a dough. The dough should start to pull away from the sides, but still remain soft and slightly sticky. Add an extra Tbsp of flour if needed. Coat your hands in a bit of olive oil and form dough into a ball. Place the dough in a bowl that is coated with olive oil. Cover with a towel and allow to sit in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size. Kneed the dough on a floured work surface for several minutes. The dough is now ready to use. Roll out and top with your favorite pizza sauce and toppings. I use about 1 Tbsp of cornmeal and spread it out on my baking sheet before placing the rolled out dough on it to prevent sticking. Bake in a 375ºF preheated oven. Bake times may vary depending on ovens, thickness of crust and toppings, usually anywhere from 12 – 2o minutes.
*You may use an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook to mix the dough if you prefer.