I recently left the workforce to become a SAHM. It’s been amazing, and my dream come true. However, we have had to make a few sacrifices to make things work with only one income. We used to love ordering pizza on those nights after work when no one feels like cooking, but it got so expensive! 2 pizzas could cost up to 30 bucks or so! However, the thought of making my own seemed so complicated! But, it isn’t! Don’t let yeast scare you! You can even make up a bunch of dough to keep in the freezer! I like to have some in the freezer, and put it in the fridge the morning I plan on making pizza. You will just want to take it out as soon as you can so that it gets close to room temperature before you work with it.
This recipe makes enough dough for 2 pizzas
You will need:
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour (you can use All Purpose, but it will be a bit chewier, but that’s fine!)
1 tsp sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp if you have the jar of yeast)
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 Tbls olive oil
Dissolve the sugar in warm water. Be sure to actually measure the temp of your water, if it is too hot, it will kill a lot of the yeast. Add the yeast to the warm water and gently stir to settle the yeast into the water. Let this sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast wake up.
While the yeast is proofing, measure out the flour into your mixer (use a dough hook). Add the salt.
When the yeast and water has a foamy layer on top, pour it into the mixer and start the mixer. Add in the olive oil.
At this point, let the mixer do the work. You may need to stop it and scrape the sides in, but if it looks to be too dry add a teaspoon of water. If it is too wet, sprinkle more flour in. The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl and make it pretty clean. It should stick to the dough hook. You want the dough moist, but it shouldn’t be wet.
Let the dough work in the mixer for a couple of minutes while you put some oil in a bowl and spread on the sides. Take the dough out of the mixer and form into a ball. Put it in the oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit until it doubles in size which can take 1-2 hours.
Once it has risen, pour out dough onto a floured surface and cut in half. Form each half into a ball and let sit for 10 minutes before using. Or you can wrap in plastic wrap and leave in fridge or freezer.
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