If you can’t tell, I really have a thing for food. I love trying new things and I also like making these things in my kitchen. Pizza has always been one food that I’ve never gotten tired of. When I began making health changes a few years ago, I tried making my own pizza dough. I experimented with quite a few recipes, but finally found my go to recipe on another blog site called Money Saving Mom. So while I can’t claim this as my own, I can say that it’s excellent and has not failed me or my taste buds. The great thing about it, is that it’s simple and easily customizable. So follow this link here Freezer Friendly Pizza Dough to find the original recipe, and carry on to see how I make it to suit my taste. Here is what you’ll need:
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon each of thyme, basil, & oregano
- pizza sauce
- choice of toppings
First, in a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water.
Next, dissolve the yeast in the sugar water. Leave it for 10 minutes, or until it begins to bubble.
Once the yeast is activated and foamy, stir in the olive oil.
In a separate container, measure up the flour, salt, and herbs.
Add the flour mixture a little at a time, ensuring all the liquid is absorbed.
Now, you’ll go ahead and knead the dough, adding any extra flour as needed.
Once the dough has come together and ready to prove, completely cover it will more olive oil. This will ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bowl as much.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it prove for about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size.
Once it has risen, punch it down and separate into three equal balls of dough.
The best thing about this recipe is that it makes enough for 3 pizzas! And it freezes perfectly. So, the other two go straight into the freezer, while the last one will be for tonight’s dinner.
Line a tray with baking paper, and carefully stretch it out. You can do a quick pre-bake for 5 minutes or load the toppings straight on.
Since I gave up meat for lent, I’m adding mushrooms, onions, green peppers, kalamata olives, and chili flakes.
I pre baked my crust, then loaded it with sauce, cheese, and toppings. Place it in an oven heated to 250 C / 480 F for 10 minutes without pre-baking and about 7 minutes with.
And there you have it, homemade pizza! This pizza dough is fantastic and it’s nice to know I’ve got two more balls of dough in the freezer for an easy dinner later in the week.
I know making the dough can be a bit time consuming, but taking the time to make it pays off later when you can pull the dough from the freezer. I usually take it out before I leave for work, and when I get home it’s already defrosted. Give it a try and it may change the way you eat pizza! As always, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!