Yummy yummy pizza crust!

April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm (Food)

Shocking as it is, I really do other things than just obsessing over Junior and the yet-to-be-conceived child.  I’ve been really into making breads lately and invited some friends over for homemade pizza, so, naturally, I made the crust from scratch.  It turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!  This makes a giant batch (as in, enough for 3-4 pizzas depending on how much crust you like), so keep that in mind.  You can always take the extra dough and pop it in your freezer, just make sure it’s really sealed well.  This makes thick “pan pizza” type crust.  Please note, I’m not Italian, nor do I claim to be trained in Italian cooking!  This is just a simple recipe I like to make and my friends and family like to eat.

Mom’s Yummy Yummy Pizza Crust

  • 2 packets Active Dry Yeast (or 4 1/2 tsp if you’re using the stuff from the jar)
  • 2 Cups Warm water (as close to 110 degrees as you can get it)
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 5 cups All Purpose flour (you can sub a couple of cups with whole wheat flour if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp dry basil
  • 1 Tbsp dry oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine yeast, water and sugar.  Stir; let in sit about 5 minutes until it’s foamy and all the yeast has dissolved.  Gently mix in everything else.  Turn it out onto a floured cutting board and kneed for about 5 minutes.  If it seems too dry, add a little more water; or add more flour if it’s overly wet or sticky.

Grease a huge bowl and put your dough inside.  Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm area for about an hour or until dough roughly doubles in size.  Punch it down.  Divide it into however many pieces you want.  If you’re going to bag some up to freeze, now’s the time.  Lightly grease the pan you’re going to bake your pizza in and press your dough into it.  Again, cover it with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Top your pizza with your favorite goodies (or do small pizzas and let everybody in the family do their own!).  Pizzas will take about 15 minutes to bake, but check them after 10 or so in case any large bubbles form (if they do, just poke them with a knife to release the air).

I like to toy around with adding other seasonings to the crust.  Dehydrated onion and garlic are great.  Consider leaving the herbs out and you can make dessert pizzas with this recipe too.  Enjoy!

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