By the time Friday night rolls around, my brain is usually as fried as my body after a week of trying to figure out what to cook for the same people at the same time every day. Thus enters #fridaynightpizzanight. Whoever invented it should be given a Nobel Prize. Or at least a “noble prize” from the “Guild of all Tired and Brain-Fried Mamas Everywhere” – if such a guild existed. And I’m saying it should.
For the longest time, I would buy frozen pizzas that usually looked so much better in the grocery freezer section than they ended up tasting on our blue flower corelleware. I would tell myself that I couldn’t make a pizza for $8, because oh my soul, have you bought cheese in the last year?!? :O But the fact is, even if it costs me the same amount of money to make pizza for my family, and it tastes a WORLD better AND I actually know where the ingredients come from, I think it’s worth it.
So, I started making my own pizza – dough and all. And our world has never been the same. I’m not saying it’s always been great or even good, but 9 times out of 10, it’s better than what I would buy at the store and it isn’t hard. Y’all, it really isn’t hard and really doesn’t take as long as you may think. I don’t do hard and I don’t do tedious. So, if I can make my people pizza (as in make pizza for my people), you can too. And if you get nothing from this crazy video or recipe than the inkling of an urge to try this for yourself, and then eventually act on that inkling, I’m a happy farm wife. I’m actually just happy you’re here and reading this at all and if you click on that video and make it to the end, I’ll be flabbergasted. One of these days I’m going to take a shower, put on makeup and learn how to take videos of myself that aren’t so scary. But for now, this is all I’ve got for you. (Note – my phone ran out of storage towards the end, so you’re on your own to roll out your dough…it’s not hard, promise! Just
Good luck! And let me know how it goes WHEN you try your own hand at your own pizza dough. 😉
Your dough-y friend (in all the ways, except monetarily),
An easy pizza dough recipe for the person who doesn't think they can make pizza dough!
Recipe adapted from Food.com.
- 2 c White Lily Bread Flour (or any all purpose flour)
- 1 tbsp live active yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2/3 c lukewarm water
Mix 1 cup of flour with all other ingredients.
Add only what you need of 2nd cup of flour to form a “loose” ball - for best results, USE YOUR HANDS. Embrace it, it’s fun!
Let the dough rest 10-15 minutes in a covered bowl, after rolling the ball in a little EVOO (that’s extra virgin olive oil - it’s extra good) OR put the bowl in a 200 degree warmed oven that you TURN OFF after it reaches 200 degrees.
Spread out onto your choice of pizza pan or pizza stone (I also like to sprinkle a little corn meal on my stone to keep the crust from sticking) and add your favorite toppings
Bake at 375 degrees for around 15 minutes or until bubbly. Take out of oven. Eat.