This is almost easier than calling in an order and waiting for the pizza delivery guy. Sometimes I use part whole wheat flour—it depends on how healthy I’m feeling. Use whatever toppings you love, and don’t forget things like minced fresh garlic, chopped spinach or broccoli.
Homemade Thin Crust Pizza
For the dough:
- 1 c. warm water
- 2-1/4 tsp (1 package) yeast
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 3 c. flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Dissolve the yeast in the water, add the oil, and mix in the flour a bit at a time, and then knead in just enough to make a smooth and elastic dough. The kneading should take you about 10 minutes. I do mine in the Kitchenaid mixer, with the dough hook, for 7 or 8 minutes.
- Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Grease two 12-inch round pizza pans, sprinkle with some corn meal (if you like) and shake off the excess.
- Divide the dough in half, roll out each piece and place into the prepared pizza pan.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until brown.
To prepare the pizzas:
- 1 12 oz can tomato sauce
- garlic powder
- red pepper flakes (if you want your pizza a little spicey)
- 1 lb. grated mozzarella cheese
- 2 c. sliced vegetables such as sweet onion, green pepper, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes
- 1 package sliced pepperoni (if you want some meat), or
- 1/2 pound Italian sausage, crumbled
For each pizza, spread about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce over the hot pizza crust. Sprinkle with herbs, top with vegetables and then the cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.
Also, this makes a wonderful kids’ activity to get little children involved with cooking. They can make their own mini pizzas and put on their own toppings.