The smell of pizza dough brings the kids running to the table in our house! Here’s my favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough. It makes enough for 3 large pizza crusts, or 10-12 small ones.
o 5 Cups Flour
o 3 Teaspoons of Flour or Cornmeal
o 1 1/4 Cup of Warm Water
o 2 1/4 Teaspoons of Yeast (1 packet if you prefer)
o Pinch of Salt
o 3 Tablespoon of Honey
o Olive Oil
1. Place your water in a glass bowl, then add your honey and yeast. Stir gently and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Once the yeast becomes active it will start to bubble slightly and look frothy.
2. Add the flour and salt to your yeast. Stir gently with the first few cups and then start to knead with your hands. Knead the dough until it is smooth; not too sticky and not too dry. If your dough is still sticky, add another tablespoon of flour. If your dough is too dry add another tablespoon of water. Continue until you are happy with your dough.
3. Drizzle your dough ball with olive oil, and rub with your hand while turning the ball to coat all sides. Cover and let the dough rise about 30-40 minutes, depending on the temperature of your home.
4. Sprinkle your pan with a teaspoon of flour or cornmeal to prevent the crust from sticking while you roll it out. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the crust or garlic butter, while using your hand to rub the entire crust to spread the olive oil.
5. Bake the crust for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Then add your sauce and favorite toppings and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
We like a thinner and crispier crust, so this dough turns out just right for us. After we did a cost breakdown per ingredient, the cost comes out to just under $4. Not bad for a delicious, homemade treat!