Um yes. We did say "EVER". No joke! I love pizza as much as the next girl (probably more) and this is the best pizza I've eaten anywhere. Nothing compares. If you are a true pizza-lover you must try this recipe. You will thank me. :D
For Best-Ever Pizza Dough:
(Makes plenty of dough for one pizza with some left over for breadsticks or another small pizza!)
Add these ingredients to your machine in the order given...
1 ½ cups hot water
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup honey
1 egg, well-whisked
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp gluten (optional)
5 cups whole wheat flour (I've found this works best if you add just a little extra flour.)
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
Run your machine on a "dough" cycle. (*happy sigh* I love our bread machine...) Scroll down to 'For Both Doughs' to read the rest.
For Adequate Pizza Dough
(Makes just enough for one pizza)
1 Tbsp yeast (or 1 package of rapid-rise yeast)
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup hot water
Add these together and let sit for 10 min. so the yeast will activate (and do its wondrous yeasty thing).
1 Tbsp oil (we use olive oil)
2 cups flour (it can be a mixture of white and whole wheat).
Mix well. Let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
For Both Doughs:Roll out on baking stone, pan, or cookie sheet (but the stone will give you the best results!)
Spread dough with sauce of your choice, (Prego is our favorite) freshly-grated mozzarella cheese, (sprinkles of Parmesan cheese and garlic powder will make it 100X yummier) and toppings of your choice. (My favorites are pepperoni, meatball slices, black olives, and... dill pickles. Hey! Don't judge it until you've tasted it, it's delish!) ;)
*TIP* add a little oregano, basil, and thyme scattered across your mozzarella for authentic Italian flavor! :)
Bake at 400º for 23-25 minutes.
Man, oh man, is it ever good.
The great thing about making your own pizza is that it is inexpensive, WAY healthier than ordering out, and you can customize the toppings to your own family's tastes. It's also a really fun family activity - even younger kids can help put the toppings on their pizza.
Looks like you just found a new idea for Family Fun Night! :D
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