If you are thinking “homemade pizza…..ew” I totally understand! I have never really had a completely satisfying homemade pizza experience. The foundation of a truly delicious pizza is the crust! The next most important ingredient is the sauce. For our first attempt we did a white sauce because red sauce scares the hell out of me and I may just use spaghetti sauce for the rest of my life.
But back to the pizza foundation. Everyone has a special preference on pizza crust. I like it to be bready almost like a french bread and big and light and fluffy. And of course you have to baste it with tons of garlic butter! So here is the recipe to a wonderful homemade pizza crust.
Update: I make this almost once a week!!! We love fresh pizza! And it is so much cheaper than ordering out and you can get a thick fluffy crust! Or a thin crispy one. However you like it!
- 3 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Packet Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
- 1 Cup Hot Water (110-115 degrees)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 Tbsp Corn Meal
In a large bowl combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Mix well. Add oil. Slowly add the water. Mix for about 2-3 minutes. Slowly add 2 more cups of flour. Keep the mixer going until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface. The dough will be crazy sticky so you will want to keep your hands floured while you knead it. Knead in about 1/2 more cup of flour. As you add the flour and knead the dough it will become less sticky. Try and spend at least 5 minutes kneading the dough. Place the dough on a plate or in a bowl and cover it. Let it rise in a warm spot for about 30 minutes
How beautiful is that? So once the dough has risen place it back on a floured surface and start to roll it out with a rolling pin. I tried to be fancy and give it a little whirl in the air, but the shape kept going oval.
So this recipe makes a pretty thick 13 inch pizza crust. If you don’t like a really thick crust you can make a bigger pie or use about half the dough.
Sprinkle the corn meal on your pan and lay the crust over it. Brush the whole thing with some butter and pop it in the oven at 450 for about 5-7 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
Add your toppings and brush the outer crust with more butter. Bake for 7-10 minutes at 450 and you should have a lovely golden brown crust!
Yummy!!! Enjoy 🙂
Here is another amazingly mouthwatering pizza pic!