You can make this pizza just as quick as you can order it and wait for your delivery. It’s healthier and less expensive than Little Caesars if you are creative with your leftovers. I posted some creative ideas on a previous post you can read about here.
This is my favorite crust I’ve adapted from Crystal’s recipe from MoneySaving Mom. We make pizza once a year at the Steadfast home in Asheville, NC (the women and children’s homeless shelter). I multiply the crust times five and make enough pizza to feed thirty-five people. I bag the dry ingredients in gallon ziploc bags and add the oil and water on site. Then I throw the pizza sauce and homemade toppings on. Last month we made ham and pineapple pizza, YUM! Easy, frugal and different for the ladies and kids. It’s not the same old boring cheese and pepperoni pizza. So get your thinking caps on and experiment with this easy, no-rise crust.
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1-1/4 cup white whole wheat flour plus 1-1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir well with a stand mixer and dough hook or a large spoon until a soft dough forms. Lightly flour the dough and your hands and press onto a greased pizza stone or pan. Top with your favorite ingredients. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Lay a sheet of foil across the top if the cheese is browning too quickly and the crust in the center is not done. Sometimes this occurs when you have piled on the toppings, which is perfectly fine:)
Feel free to use 100% all-purpose flour; try to use unbleached because it’s healthier. Slowly start to incorporate the white whole wheat flour to replace some of the all-purpose.
Guess what? This dough is freezer friendly? You can place the mixed dough in a gallon size bag and roll the air out and freeze. Thaw 24 hours prior to baking. Also, allow thirty minutes for the dough to reach room temperature for a nice rise in the oven.
I often use grilled or boiled convenience chicken as the protein topping, but use what you have. Beef, turkey, leftover ham or whatever tastes wonderful.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
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