Thinking back to a couple Fridays a go I can’t help but think about the delicious Homemade Pizza we made. 🙂 It has a nice thick crust with warm marinara sauce and lots of mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese melted on top with a hint of Italian seasoning…serve that up with a fresh garden salad and you have a winner! 🙂
I remember growing up my dad made the best homemade pizza and what made it was the crust- nice and thick but just the perfect dough texture with a crisp. He made everything from cheese and pepperoni to pesto and tomatoes…all were good! 🙂
When my husband and I first started living in apartments, feels like a million years ago now lol, we did what everyone else did in their early adulthood with buying a frozen pizza. Eventually, we became experimental in the kitchen and loved cooking and baking so much that we decided to kick it up a notch and buy a mix that you added water to and let rise and make a semi-homemade pizza that turned out great. From there we decided why not try making our own homemade crust? We found the Pizza Dough recipe in Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook 15th Edition and began experimenting. We tried out the thin crust pizza that has turned out great every time. However, we both love deep dish thick pizza and decided to try out that version this time around, which is now our new favorite! 🙂
Of course, our spin on this one is the whole wheat flour we used instead of all-purpose (I am sure there is no surprise there 😉 ). Start by mixing together in a large bowl 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 package active dry yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then add in 1 cup warm water (we put in the microwave for 2 minutes) while allowing the mixer to beat on low speed. For this we use the bread kneading tool for our attachment. Also add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Beat on high for 3 minutes and then add in another 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Allow to come to an almost ball in the bowl with the beater attachment.
Next, lightly flour a table surface and finish the kneading process allowing the dough to come together. Add some olive oil to the bowl lightly spread around, place the dough ball back inside the bowl and place a towel on top. Place in the oven (not turned on) and put on the light- allow to rise for 45 minutes.
After the dough rises spray your pizza pan with butter spray and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then roll out the dough, try to roll out somewhat thick and thin so it cooks evenly. Place in the pizza pan and prick with a fork to prevent the dough from puffing up. Then bake for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, get your toppings ready we just used jarred pizza sauce and grated some mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese. Once the crust is ready spread on the sauce, top with the cheese and then sprinkle some Italian seasoning for freshness. Allow to cook for another 12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for a little bit and then cut into pieces.
Serve with a nice garden salad and enjoy! Happy Weekend Everyone! 🙂
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