Depending on your culinary abilities, the title above may sound intimidating. Don’t worry! Making pizza is not as hard as you think: with a little practice, Dominoes and Pizza Hut won’t even begin to compare with you! 😉
Every good pizza starts with a good dough recipe! Here’s my favorite one by Joanna Cismaru from jocooks.com:
The awesome thing about this dough is that you don’t even have to let it rise at all! I’ve rolled it out as soon as it was finished kneading and it’s been just fine! (It gets a little easier to roll it out if you let it rise for a few minutes though.)
Once you’re dough is ready, take a sharp knife and divide it in half.
Next, find a large, clean area on your countertop and liberally cover it with flour.
Now this is where the practice comes in. Take one of your dough halves, place it in the middle of your floured surface, and gently shape it into a bit of a circle.
Using gentle but firm pressure, use your rolling pin to push your circle towards you and away from you a little bit. (Hope this is making sense! 🙂 ) Then, roll the circle towards your left and right. At this point, you should have somewhat of a bigger circle. Now keep rolling from the center outward, working in the spots you think need more shaping, until the circle is big enough for your pan. (A easy way to tell is to hold your pan above the dough to measure it.)
The first time you do this, it’s probably not going to turn out how you were wanting. Don’t quit! It doesn’t matter if it’s blobby; with practice, you’ll get better. 😉 The shape has no effect on the taste anyways. And if you can’t understand my instructions, don’t hesitate to watch a YouTube video!
Carefully lift the dough and transfer it to your pan. If it tears, don’t panic, you can just take the ends of the tear and smush them back together; I’ve done it before, LOL!😂
Now for the fun part: the toppings! In your kitchen, it’s your rules; make it how you love it! If you want to make a traditional pizza with regular pizza sauce though, here’s our favorite:
- 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 2 cloves (1 tsp.) minced garlic
- 2 tsp. basil
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
Dump all your ingredients in a bowl, mix it up, and shazam! Easy as that. Unfortunately, I have no idea where we got this recipe; it was copied onto an index card.:(
Once you’ve decorated your pizza, pop it in the oven (heated at 425 degrees F) for about 20 min.
Congratulations! You’ve done it! Enjoy your very own homemade pizza! 😋
Notes: If you don’t have a pizza pan, you can still make pizza! We’ve made rectangular pizzas on cookie sheets before!
Also, I highly recommend sprinkling cornmeal on your pan before laying the dough on. It really helps prevent sticking.