In a house full of kiddos Friday nights usually mean friends and food. And with as many picky appetites as there are out there nothing is a more sure hit than pizza! Gets spendy ordering pizza in though even if you find a great deal or coupon. Store bought pizza crust and frozen pizzas aren’t nearly as good and don’t cost much less. I can make 4 large pizzas at home with just a tiny bit of preplanning and about $14 dollars total for standard pepperoni pizza (cheese is the biggest expense so you can cut that back if you are on a tighter budget, my family loves lots of cheese). This recipe will make 2 large pizzas, half it if you only want one. If you intend to make it in a bread machine you can only make one recipe at a time. I personally have 2 bread machines so I can make dough for 4 pizzas at once.
If you don’t have a bread machine and are considering starting to make things from scratch at home I highly recommend picking one up (2 if you are feeding an army like I do). DON’T buy new though! These things are all over thrift shops, yard sales, and Craigslist…. pretty much anywhere you can pick up used things. I got each of mine for around $5 so just keep your eyes out for a bargain. I always say there is no use buying something at full price when there are people ready to pass things along at a much lower price. Not only are we saving our wallets but we are reducing our footprint on this earth as well.
Now like I said this is a bread machine recipe but you can certainly mix this up by hand. Just activate yeast in water for 5 minutes, add oil then the flour and salt. Use a fork to combine until hands become necessary. Knead for a couple minutes and let rest/rise for about an hour then continue on at the punch down step
1-1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups white flour (can sub in up to one cup of alternate flour)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Measure the ingredients into the bread maker’s pan in the order listed. Make a well in the flour and sprinkle the yeast into it. Set the machine to it’s Dough Cycle. After the bread maker beeps dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it a few times to get it deflated properly.
Divide the dough in half. Let the dough halves rest for about 10 minutes so it is easier to roll out. You can stretch yours if you like a fluffier crust and press into the pan or if you like a thinner crisper crust (like I do) you can use a rolling pin. You can also divide it into smaller pieces if you prefer more variety. Sometimes we even make mini ones to do a “top your own pizza” party. BIG hit with the kiddos.
Lay the dough out on your pizza pans.
Top the dough with whatever suits your fancy. You can also get fancy and roll the crust edges around a little extra cheese, brush with butter and seasoning or butter with parmesan cheese…. make it easy or be creative. Sometimes we even have a pizza topping party or section out the dough for personal size pizzas. Anything goes when you are making from scratch.
Then bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (decrease time for smaller sizes), cut, and serve.