Homemade pizza is a staple meal in our house. It actually makes meal planning a bit easier each week, because I know that one night a week I will be crafting a delicious homemade pie, and all I have to do is come up with the toppings (my current favorite is Bacon and Asparagus Pizza...a splurge, but so yummy!)
- 2 and 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup of warm water (110-120 degrees is the optimal water temp)
- 1 envelope of active quick rise yeast
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 pinch of salt
Step 1: Add the package of active quick rise yeast to the warm water (I have found that microwaving the water for 1 minute makes it the perfect temperature)
Step 2: Combine 2 cups of the flour, along with the olive oil, salt, and honey to the bowl of your stand mixer.
Step 3: Combine 2 cups of the flour, along with the olive oil, salt and honey in the bowl of your stand mixer. Start the mixer on the slow setting, and gradually add the yeast and water mixture. When the ingredients are well combined, you can bump the mixer speed up to medium. Your dough is ready when it forms into a ball like this:
Step 4: Now its time to roll out the dough! Using the remaining flour (and more if needed) slowly roll the dough out into your desired shape. Be generous with the flour for best results.
Step 5: Place the dough into a well greased pan. In the pictures below, I am using my 15" round cast iron pan.
Step 6: As you can see, my crust does not fit my pan perfectly...no big deal! Using a sharp knife, trim away the excess crust, and flatten the edges using your fingers or a fork. (Hint: I set aside the crust trimmings and have my kids roll out their own individual pizzas for their dinner, they love it!)
Step 7: Puncture the crust all over using a fork to create some air ventilation. Pre-bake the crust in a 425 degree oven for 6 minutes before adding toppings. Hope you enjoy!