Amanda writes about Greek traditional cuisine. She cooks with love using her grandparents' recipes for super-fast, healthy meals.
Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza
There is something about homemade pizza that is extra delicious. In my opinion. it beats store-bought pizza every time.
The effort that goes into making and rolling your own dough, combined with selecting your own desired toppings and finally baking it yourself, brings about an immensely satisfying sense of pleasure when you take that first bite!
I first started dabbling in making my own bread with a bread maker. Then I advanced to making bread in the oven, and eventually I tried my hand at making pizza dough for homemade pizza. Now, I prefer to make pizza rather than bread. It's usually a faster process; for example, this recipe requires that the dough rise only one time, which cuts down on the prep time considerably.
I make these pizzas on a regular basis. I usually do it on weekends, when I can take the time to relax and start my dough earlier in the day.
The dough can be made ahead of time—up to 24 hours in advance. Stored in the refrigerator, you can quickly whip out the dough 25 minutes before lunch or dinner is required.
Roll out your dough into any shape you want, add your own individualized toppings—and there you have your fast, healthy, nutritious pizza.
So many variations can be made to this recipe. Use wholemeal flour instead of white flour. Cauliflower bases are a keto favourite. Choose between a myriad of vegetables as toppings. Consider adding chilli, herbs, different kinds of cheeses, and meats, all of which can be individualized.
Pineapple? Well, that is a heated discussion on traditional pizza forums.
Whatever you choose as your toppings, it is your pizza! That is the beauty of making it in your kitchen.
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1 hour 15 min
- 1 teaspoon (7g) dried yeast
- 1 cup (250ml) lukewarm water
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon (5g) salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce, tomato sauce, or olive oil
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheese)
- 1 teaspoon mixed dried italian herbs
- Mix yeast and warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is activated and frothy.
- Place the flour in a large bowl. Make a well and add the yeast mixture and olive oil to the flour. Using your fingers, gradually drag more and more flour into the wet mixture.
- Add the salt at this stage and mix the dough until a ball forms. Knead the dough until is smooth. Place the dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with clingfilm until the dough doubles in size, approximately 40 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 2-3 pieces and roll out to desired thickness. I like my bases thin, so I roll to about 0.5cm.
- Cover the base in barbecue or tomato sauce or even just plain oil. Leave a 1.5cm border of dough. Add your desired toppings and be sure to rub a little extra olive oil around the edges of the border to ensure a crisp edge.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until golden and crispy. A small, individual-sized pizza will take approximately 8-10 minutes. A large, family-style pizza will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
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