There's not a lot we like to do more than come home from work on Friday, get showered and into fresh pajamas, and chill out on the couch with a pizza and Netflix.
Homemade pizza is such a treat. It's fresh, delicious and faster to make than you would think. And if you make it at home, you get to control everything! Great for control freaks like me. ;o)
Below is our recipe. We like thin crust. If you like it thicker, make a double batch of crust.
Jen's Homemade Pizza
1.5 cups flour*
1/2 pack of "rapid rise" active dry yeast
2-finger pinch of salt
1/2 cup very warm tap water
1-1.5 tbs (generous splash) extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Preheat oven to 450. Stir together dry ingredients. Add water and oil and stir together with a wooden spoon. If it gets too dry to stir, knead it with your hands. Form into a ball, cover with a towel and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
After it has rested, roll out the dough and place on pizza pan. If any holes form, squish them shut. Bake for 10 minutes or until firm but not browned. Remove from the oven and add toppings.
We both like chunky marinera sauce; I like pepperoni and veggies with no cheese. Hubby likes pepperoni and sausage with lots of freshly grated mozzarella. So, we each get 1/2 with our favorite toppings.
After your toppings are on, put the pizza back in the oven until the cheese is melted and the crust is nicely browned.
*we always have self-rising flour at the house. But this dough is raised with yeast, so you can use all purpose flour. Whatever you have in the cabinet is fine.