I grew up with a father who made pizza once in a while, all from scratch. He would make — and still does make — the dough in a bread maker and then I’d get to help spread on the sauce and sprinkle on the toppings before the pizza went in the oven. There’s something satisfying and wholesome about homemade pizza that you just don’t get from takeout pizza (even the artisanal variety). Plus, homemade pizza is ridiculously easy — dough resting time aside, the whole thing takes less than half an hour to assemble and bake. I had never made pizza dough without a bread maker, but I found a foolproof crust recipe from Joy the Baker that I adapted a tiny bit. I made a simple sauce by simmering canned crushed tomatoes with garlic, oregano, fennel, tarragon, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of sugar.
Pizza is also fun to make at home because you can top it with whatever you want or whatever you have around the kitchen. If two or more people are sharing a pizza, each person can customize his or her section — F put onions on his half but I left them off my part. So, like with granola, multigrain hot cereal, and chili, take the following recipe as a basis for variation and experimentation.
- Crust (adapted from Joy the Baker):
- 2.25 cups white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2.5 tsp active dry yeast
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp sugar
- 1.5 cups warm water
- Toppings (use whatever you want — this is what we often use):
- tomato sauce (canned or homemade)
- cheeses of choice: we used fresh mozzarella, grated mozzarella, & a sprinkle of parmesan
- 1 can sweetcorn
- 2 cans tuna
- 3 tomatoes, sliced thinly
- 1/2 onion, sliced thinly
- Make the dough/crust: Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add the warm water and use a wooden spoon or your hands to combine into a shaggy dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a dishtowel. Let it sit and rise for about two hours at room temperature.
- Two hours later…make the pizza: Preheat the oven to 500F (260C). Divide the dough on a floured surface (wrap one half and freeze it for later, unless you’re making two pizzas). Oil your pizza stone or baking sheet, then press the dough into your desired shape on the pan. Brush the crust with olive oil, then add sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes in the oven.