When I look back at all the years I bought pre-packaged pizza dough mixes and I feel short-changed. I had no idea how cheap and easy it is to make my own! Of all the things I make to avoid prepackaged foods, this one never occurred to me! We were vacationing in Marco Island a few years ago and I started talking to this sweet older lady in the pool. She had been at this condo complex for almost 30 years! We started talking about food and restaurants (naturally) and she mentioned that she almost never eats out. She told me about all the friends she has made within the complex and how they share meal responsibility between them. Most of her friends are widowed with just a few still lucky enough to have their partners, so they each take turns making meals to share. What a lovely idea! We started talking about her favorite things to make and she mentioned homemade pizzas. Of course I asked for her dough recipe (I didn’t admit to her that I had been buying a mix).
When I make dough, I make sure I have enough ingredients to make several to keep in the freezer for Friday nights or impromptu company stopping by. We prefer thin crust, so the recipe below makes two pizzas for us. I break the dough ball in half and freeze in Press & Seal in a freezer bag. I lay out a piece of Press & Seal, spray with my Misto olive oil spray, then roll up and place in a freezer bag.
To defrost, place in fridge overnight or on counter for 4 hours. If using right away, coat a bowl with olive oil and place dough in bowl and cover for 1 hour until it rises. I recently made six dough balls in just 25 minutes with my Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. While the dough hook is kneading the dough for 2 minutes, I pop the cup of water in the microwave for 30 seconds and then dissolve the yeast in the warm water for the next batch.
Our favorite way to make a pizza is in our 15” cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in a 500 degrees F oven for 30 minutes. Pull skillet out, carefully lay rolled dough inside and add sauce and toppings. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is browning.
- 1 c warm water
- 1/4 oz yeast
- 1/2 t kosher salt
- 2 t olive oil
- 2 t sugar
- 2.5-3 c of flour
- Optional: 1 t basil, 1 t oregano, and 1 t garlic powder
- 1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water (I microwave for 30 seconds).
- 2. Add salt, olive oil, sugar, optional seasonings, and 2.5 cups of flour to KitchenAid stand mixer with dough hook attachment.
- 3. Mix on speed 2 for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 c flour and mix on speed 2 for 3-4 minutes until dough is clinging to the hook. If dough is still sticking to the bottom/sides of the bowl, add an additional tablespoon of flour at a time until dough is clinging to the hook.
- 4. If freezing, spray a piece of Press and Seal with olive oil, then roll up and store in freezer bag. If using right away, coat a bowl with olive oil and let rise for 1 hour.