I have two awesome pizza dough recipes. When I say awesome, I mean they give the pizza shops a run for their money. Except for an occasional LaRosa’s (a Cincy fave) we never order out pizza. It just isn’t worth it when we can make something better at home.
Homemade pizza not only tastes great, but can be made for about $4 or less…so it is a frugal dinner.
The first recipe I learned to make is from my Papaw and the other I just discovered this past year. Papaw’s is a basic pizza crust that is quick, easy, and tasty. It is perfect for those nights you forgot to plan for dinner. You will have your crust done in 15 minutes flat.
Then there is this recipe. It isn’t hard or too time consuming, but it takes a little bit of thinking ahead. I assure you it is well worth the time. It is chewy and has an unbeatable flavor. The honey and whole wheat flour go so magnificently together. There is so much depth to the flavor.
Whichever crust you try, I promise you can’t go wrong!!
*Makes 2 12-inch pizzas or 1 large 16 to 18-inch pizza
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Make the dough the night before or early the morning on the day you want to make the pizza. In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the water, yeast, sugar, honey and oil. (If using active dry yeast, increase the amount of yeast to 2 3/4 teaspoons and proof the yeast in the water until foamy before mixing in the sugar, honey and oil.) Then mix in 1 cup flour and the salt. Continue mixing in all the remaining flour until you get a nice, soft dough. Knead until dough is soft and smooth, about 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl and cover tightly (with a lid or plastic wrap). Place the dough in the refrigerator to slowly rise until three hours before baking. Three hours before baking, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, keeping it lightly covered.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If your oven is a little sketch, preheat it to 450. Roll out your crust and place on pizza stone or baking sheet. Top with toppings and bake for about 8-10 minutes until crust and cheese start to brown.
Recipe Credit: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe