Pizza is my favorite food; I could honestly eat it every day. Nothing beats making fresh, homemade pizza on a cold Sunday during football season. This recipe has always been a family favorite, I first learned how to make pizza from my grandma back in college. She does everything from memory, and does not have any recipes written down, after making the dough a million times I have come up with a recipe to share. I love making my own dough, I get a sense of accomplishment once the dough rises properly and is ready to bake. It’s so easy.
Time: 5-6 hours
Servings: 2 large pizzas
- 6 cups flour
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups warm water
- 1 package Active Yeast
- Pinch of salt
- Olive oil
First, take 5 cups of flour and put it in a large mixing bowl. Separately, mix 1 1/2 cups of warm water and the whole package of active yeast in a measuring cup with a spoon or whisk until it is melted. Slowly add mixture to flour, using your hands to mix, until you get the consistency you are looking for. The dough should not be too wet or too dry. Add a pinch of salt and knead with your hands. Add the other cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water, as needed. When the consistency is where you want it, stop mixing, the dough should be able to be kneaded into a ball. I always add a drizzle of olive oil to the bowl and toss the ball of dough around a few times, that prevents it from sticking to the bowl and gives the dough a nice texture. Let the dough rise 4-5 hours, but knead it hourly.
Once the dough has fully risen you need to roll it out; put some flour down on a flat surface and grab a rolling pin. Roll the dough until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Grease a large jelly roll pan with some olive oil. Place dough on pan and trim edges to fit. Form a crust around the edge of the pan. Repeat for second pizza.
Add whatever toppings you like and bake at 400 for about an hour minutes, until crust is golden brown and toppings are nicely cooked. Serve and enjoy!!
Stay tuned for my Spicy Giardiniera Pizza!!