Hey ya’ll ! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend to the fullest! The kids are back to school here, so that means less going out on the weekdays, and more Quick & Easy dinners at home.
That is really ok with all of us here at my house. We love cooking together and sitting down to a meal together. It brings us closer and we can catch up on all the fun exciting things going on in our lives. Sometimes the teens don’t like to share lol, but we are persistant and try to entice what ever we can out of them. Once they start, they don’t stop! I think our 13 year old could talk for days without taking a breath ?
Pizza is one of the boys’ favorite meals hands down. I don’t mind ordering from the local pizza shop every now and then as a special treat, but we do like to make home made pizza and personalize our own so we don’t have to share.
This pizza dough recipe is very easy, and pretty quick to make. I have seen some recipes that require you to wait over night for the dough to rest. This one is just an hour. I think we can manage an hour for delicious home made pizza! Give it a try and let me know what fabulous toppings you topped it with. Can’t wait to see who gets the most creative! Anyone for anchovies? Eeeew!
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 envelope instant dry yeast
- 2 tsp salt1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
Mix together the flour, sugar, yeast, salt and garlic powder in your mixer bowl and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is to sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together into a ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough turning once to coat. cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour (Tip* Before starting to mix your dough, preheat the oven to 175 and turn it off. This will give your dough a warm place to rise). After the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.
Roll your dough out into a cirle (or square if you are using a cookie sheet like I did ) Gently press your dough onto your baking pan.
Add your favorite marinara sauce and toppings for a wonderful quick & easy dinner at home! Who needs the expense and the hassle of delivery when you can do it all yourself at home.
Recipe inspired by Bobby Flay (Foodnetwork.com)
Get the kids involved!! Kids love to try food that they created themselves especially. They are more apt to eat or try something new if they have a hand in creating it. Get everyone involved. It’s tons of fun!
Have a great night!