Since we’ve moved into the new house, we’ve been making our own pizzas on the regular. The foundation of any great pizza is a great crust–crispy crust is our fave! We thankfully have a KitchenAid mixer so all of the kneading is done for us.
1 package dry yeast (active)
1 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt (I use about 1/4 teaspoon)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups of flour (I use 1 part regular flour and 2 parts whole wheat flour–we keep a mixed batch in the pantry–)
1 tablespoon of cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning
Before we start: Think warm. Anything that touches the dough needs to be warm. The bowl, the water, the mixing tools, etc.
Dissolve yeast in WARM water in WARMED bowl. Add salt, olive oil and about two cups of flour. Mix together with a fork until combined and smooth (or KitchenAid mixer about 1 minute)
Add remaining flour and mix until dough ball forms. Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Use a sprinkle of flour on surface to prevent sticking if needed.
Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place.
Tip: turn oven on warm. Fill a pan with water and place filled pan on bottom rack. Place dough bowl in the oven and leave door open. Let rise until it doubles in size. Punch dough down (that’s my favorite part).
Oil 12-14 inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with flour. Press dough into a circle and add toppings.
Healthy Pizza Toppings
onions (I use frozen)
green peppers (you can also buy these frozen)
low-fat mozzarella cheese
Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes (time may vary with oven).
Usually when cheese in the middle bubbles, the pizza is done.