Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The BEST Homemade Pizza EVER.

Julia here! How are all of you awesome blog-cruisin' people today?
Um yes. We did say "EVER". No joke! I love pizza as much as the next girl (probably more) and this is the best pizza I've eaten anywhere. Nothing compares. If you are a true pizza-lover you must try this recipe. You will thank me. :D

For Best-Ever Pizza Dough:

(Makes plenty of dough for one pizza with some left over for breadsticks or another small pizza!) 

You will need a bread machine. Skip down to "adequate dough" if you do not.

Add these ingredients to your machine in the order given...

1 ½ cups hot water
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup honey
1 egg, well-whisked
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp gluten (optional)
5 cups whole wheat flour (I've found this works best if you add just a little extra flour.)
1 Tbsp active dry yeast


Run your machine on a "dough" cycle. (*happy sigh* I love our bread machine...) Scroll down to 'For Both Doughs' to read the rest.

For Adequate Pizza Dough

(Makes just enough for one pizza)

If you don't have a bread machine (and if you don't, you need one!) here is another version for the crust.

1 Tbsp yeast (or 1 package of rapid-rise yeast)
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup hot water

Add these together and let sit for 10 min. so the yeast will activate (and do its wondrous yeasty thing).

Add:

1 Tbsp oil (we use olive oil)
2 cups flour (it can be a mixture of white and whole wheat).

Mix well. Let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.

For Both Doughs:

Roll out on baking stone, pan, or cookie sheet (but the stone will give you the best results!)

Spread dough with sauce of your choice, (Prego is our favorite) freshly-grated mozzarella cheese, (sprinkles of Parmesan cheese and garlic powder will make it 100X yummier) and toppings of your choice. (My favorites are pepperoni, meatball slices, black olives, and... dill pickles. Hey! Don't judge it until you've tasted it, it's delish!) ;)

*TIP* add a little oregano, basil, and thyme scattered across your mozzarella for authentic Italian flavor! :)

Bake at 400Âș for 23-25 minutes. 



Man, oh man, is it ever good.


The great thing about making your own pizza is that it is inexpensive, WAY healthier than ordering out, and you can customize the toppings to your own family's tastes. It's also a really fun family activity - even younger kids can help put the toppings on their pizza.

Looks like you just found a new idea for Family Fun Night! :D

Leave us a comment if you think you might try this recipe! We love feedback. :)

Enjoy!


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27 comments:

  1. Looks sooo tasty! Must try this, thanks for sharing! -Abby

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    1. Hope you like it, thanks for commenting! :)
      Gloria

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  2. Pizza is my son's favorite! This will be great!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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    1. Oh, yay! Hope you both really like it! Thanks for commenting! :)
      Gloria

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  3. I've already pinned and shared this yummy recipe to our Kids in the KItchen board on Pinterest! Thanks for visiting www.Adventurezinchildrearing.com

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    1. Hello, Kelli! Isn't Pinterest awesome? :D Thanks for pinning our recipe, and for hosting your link party. Have a blessed day!

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    1. You're welcome, Brenda! Thanks for the comment! :)

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  5. That looks delicious! Hmmm....guess I need to get in the garage and find my bread maker!

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    1. It is! ;) Lol! Yes, dig out that bread machine. Let us know how you liked the recipe, we're excited to hear that you're trying it! :D

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  6. Stopping by from Women Helping Women...I am pinning this. Tomorrow I'm running to the store to stock up on stuff for pizza night! Thanks! Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R www.littlerandr.org

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    1. WOW! I think you're the farthest-away commenter we've had yet! ;) Thanks for stopping by to say hi, and we hope you have a blast doing pizza night! :D

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  7. This is the EXACT recipe for pizza dough we have (the bread machine recipe, though we do ours by hand) except we use butter instead of oil. And yeah...it's pretty much amazing. :)

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    1. Haha! It's awesome, isn't it? :) Ugh, I wouldn't enjoy having to do it by hand though... we're too attached to our bread machine! :D

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  8. Omg. my mouth is watering. :)

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    1. LOL. You should make some pizza, then! ;)

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  9. Sounds good! I like nice thick pizza crust!

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  10. This pizza looks amazing. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/04/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop.html
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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    1. Thanks for the invitation! I'll pop over there and add some links! We are trying to grow our blog and this is a great way to do it.
      Blessings,
      Gloria

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  11. Never made my own pizza crust, but this sounds like a good one to finally try! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, homemade is so tasty! You will love it and never want to go back to anything else. Plus it uses basic supplies so it is easy to whip up. Thanks for liking us on FB and for leaving a comment! :)
      Gloria

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  12. This pizza looks so delicious! We can't wait to try it. We would love to have you share some of your delicious recipes on our new sister site - MyRecipeMagic.com. It has so many fun features and you can drive traffic back to YOUR blog! It calculates nutrition and weight watcher points too. Hope you'll stop by! -The Six Sisters

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    1. We'd love to hear how you liked the pizza if you end up making it! :D Thanks for the invite, we will check your site out. :D

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  13. Do you grind your own wheat for the dough? If so, did you use hard or soft wheat? I can't wait to make this- it looks amazing even though I'm a die-hard "thin crust" girl;)

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    1. Yes, we grind our own wheat and we usually use the hard white wheat because it is a yeast recipe. Hope you like it! :)
      Gloria

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