Ever since I started using bread machine, making homemade pizza is a breeze. This is also a fun project for your kids. They enjoy throwing flour around and shaping the dough. Even my 22 month old baby enjoys rolling out the dough.
If you have the time, do invest in making your own pizza dough. The taste of fresh dough makes all the difference. I made the sauce by blending olive oil with basil leaf, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. The gooey stuff on the top is mozzarella cheese.
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3 cups all purpose flour (additional if neccessary)
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
If you do NOT have a bread machine, dissolve yeast in water with sugar and allow to proof. Mix 2 cups flour, salt and oil in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, and beat until smooth. Stir in additional flour until the dough begins to form a ball and easy to handle. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a warm place, cover and let rise until double in size, approximately 1 hour. Punch down and knead again and let rise for another 20 minutes. Roll the dough out. Bake with toppings at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have a bread machine, put all the ingredients into the bread machine’s baking pan. Set the bread machine to “Pizza Dough” setting and push the start button. After a couple of hours the dough is ready for you to punch down and roll out. Bake with toppings at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The baking time depend on the thickness of your pizza dough. Just keep a close watch at your pizza after the first 10 minutes.