Forget store bought pizza crust or frozen pizzas again. With this homemade pizza crust recipe you can bring pizza night right to your own oven. The best part? You can be as crazy and creative as your heart desires with the toppings.
My husband and I live pretty far out in the country in Southern Minnesota. The closest town is less than one thousand people and there is no pizza delivery. We can drive over to the Casey's gas station on the edge of town and get carry out pizza, but that's about it. We do that every now and then, but when winter hits it gets harder to want to brave the frigid temps and icy roads just for a pizza. So we've started making our own when pizza night comes around. Plus, this way we save a buck or two to use toward a nicer dinner out for a special date night.
This pizza dough is pretty simple. It does require the dough to rise for about thirty minutes, but otherwise it only takes minutes to prep. So go grab your flour, yeast, salt, sugar, and your mixing bowl and let's get started.
First, pour one cup of warm water into the mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let it stand long enough for the yeast to dissolve and begin to turn frothy. This should take about five minutes.
Next, add the sugar and salt. Then slowly stir in one cup of flour with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Continue adding more flour until the dough clumps together and feels tacky but not too sticky to handle with your hands. Knead the dough by hand for about five minutes until it shapes into a smooth ball as shown below.
Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise for thirty minutes until doubled in size.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface and using a rolling pin flatten the dough out into a flat round shape. This makes one large pizza crust. (Note: You can also divide the dough in half before rolling it out in order to make two medium crusts.)
You can either line the crust with parchment paper and wrap in plastic wrap to freeze for future use or pile on your pizza sauce and toppings and bake in the oven at 450 F for twenty to twenty five minutes.
Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 20-25 minutes Total Time: 1 hr
Yields: 1 large crust
Whether you're looking for a quick weeknight dinner or full course meal for hosting a dinner party, I've got you covered. From healthy eats to cozy comfort foods, you'll find what your taste buds are craving!