I think I could eat Pizza several times per week and not get sick of it. My favorite is this Easy Homemade Pizza because it is easy to make (really??) and versatile. That is why I will never get sick of Pizza. You can put on it whatever you love best, so why not homemade Pizza every week? (Because hubby will be sad, I know, poor thing.) But here goes:
Easy Homemade Pizza
with no Pizza kit …
Did you know that I learned to cook many a recipe from many places but I am not a good baker, though? I’m not. Now you know my dark secret. I love baking but it has to be simple and easy to work out. That is why I like this yeast dough I can make in my old kitchen machine with no fuss and no fancy stuff.
I know many people who dedicate big chunks of their lifetime to finding the perfect homemade pizza dough made with fancy imported ingredients and techniques. Won’t do that. My time is precious and this is the perfect dough if you ask me because it doesn’t give me headaches and comes out fine every time.
- 300 g (2.5 to 3 cups) all-purpose flour
- 1 package (7 g) dry yeast
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) lukewarm water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
Mix everything well in your kitchen machine and let it run for several minutes. I usually have the dough kneaded in there for 10 minutes. I heard it will be even better to run the machine for 20 minutes or more. However, my old machine can not run for such a long time without getting hot and I had never any trouble with the dough. Kneading thoroughly over a long time will make the dough elastic and nice. It also should come off the walls easily. If not, add some flour.
Let the dough sit for 60 minutes in a warm and not drafty place. I put it in my oven at 50°C (120°F) when the weather is not warm because my kitchen is not heated. (A German chef on TV once said that switching on the oven lamp is sufficient because it will bring the oven to about 30°C/86°F. However, I have never tried that.)
Make sure the dough will not dry out and cover it.
Make the more than easy pizza sauce
If I have time I make the classic pizzaiola which is cooking for at least one hour. Then I freeze it in amounts that will be sufficient for one pizza or pasta dish. However, after I found this easy pizza sauce recipe I hardly ever go for pizzaiola because it is so fast to make and saves a lot of power. Yey… It freezes well, too, so put away what you don’t need immediately.
- a can of peeled or sieved tomatoes (240 g, 1.2 cups, 8.5 fl.oz.)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tbsp sugar
Mix well with the speed hand blender. Not heating. Period.
Assembling your own pizza a la casa
- 200 g (1 + 3/4 cups) grated cheese
- Tuna, feta cheese, salami, pepperoni, mushrooms, sweet corn, onion rings, cream cheese with herbs, seafood, …
Now take the dough and knead, adding flour if it is sticky. When the dough is elastic and not too sticky anymore roll out in the size of a pizza baking tray. Mine is 45 x 37 cm (17.7 inch x 14.5 inch) German standard baking sheet. Prick pizza dough all over with a fork. Put pizza sauce on it in a thin layer, then some grated cheese and then your favorite ingredients on top. Cover with some more cheese and let it sit for another 15 minutes.
Get the oven on
Now, this easy pizza is ready to be baked. Your oven should be preheated to 220 to 250 °C (430°F t 480°F) depending on how thick your homemade pizza has turned out. Bake 10 minutes and check. Bake another 10 minutes of necessary, until the cheese is melted and golden. A rather thin pizza can bake for 10 minutes at 480°C and is ready to eat, a pizza with opulent topping needs more time and should be baked with less heat to not burn before the dough is well-done.
Take this really easy homemade pizza out and enjoy with a fresh salad, you happy homemaker! Top your pizza with fresh basil, rocket, cherry tomatoes or parmesan or drizzle with garlic or chili oil. Yum. What’s on top of your favorite?