Pizza should be easy, and you can’t really get any easier than this pizza crust that requires no time to rise.
You deserve to know the backstory behind our homemade pizza. We’ve never made our own crust before, and instead always used a box of Jiffy Pizza Crust mix for .60 cents at the grocery store. But, we did it for a reason – it really isn’t that bad! If you like thin crust pizza, then, by all means, you can definitely get a good crust out of the Jiffy box.
But this time, I wanted to make my own dough. Most recipes I encountered required 2 or 3 hours of rise time, which, on a weekday night and it already being 6pm, I didn’t have. Unless we wanted midnight pizza! Uh, no.
While I was preparing the dough, I started wondering what toppings everybody puts on their pizza. With almost endless options, I tend to go for the classic pepperoni and sausage combo. Rahul really likes bell peppers, and sometimes I add a few olives or mushrooms. What about you?
We really enjoy pizza night. Between the flexibility of picking your own toppings, rolling out the dough into your preferred crust size, the fact that you can make a large pizza for next to nothing, pizza is a perfect weeknight dinner.
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QUICK AND EASY PIZZA CRUST
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (one package)
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 3/4 cups bread flour
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
In a bowl of a standing mixer or in a large bowl, add active dry yeast, sugar and water. Mix together and let stand for 10 minutes until nice and frothy.
Add the flour, olive oil and salt and mix until the dough comes together. Let rest for 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 450.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a round and transfer to a pizza stone or baking sheet, whatever you prefer. Start assembling your pizza sauce, cheese and toppings.
Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 9-10 minutes, or until crust has lightly browned on the edges and the pizza is hot and bubbly. The great thing about this dough is that it doesn’t take long in the oven, so you’re saving time at both ends of the recipe – the assembly and the outcome!
Our pizza had pepperoni and a mix of yellow, red and orange peppers. I had a bag of mixed peppers for another meal and used about 6-8 of them for this pizza. I also added a bit of oregano for an extra kick. Kinda pretty, isn’t it?
Read about the Food Bloggers Against Hunger program in which I created a $4 pizza that’s delicious and brings awareness to food stamps
Got a KitchenAid Mixer and a food grinder attachment? Try this sweet italian sausage recipe that makes about 3 pounds of ground sausage.
Frech bread pizzas are great for weeknight meals.
Tired of red pizza sauce or marinara? Try using La Terra Fina’s Spinach Artichoke and Parmesan Dip for a sauce and top it with grilled chicken and tomatoes.
Switch it up with ham and pineapple and throw it on the grill.
And of course, 5 reasons why it’s ok to order pizza is exactly what it says.