When Jeremy goes out of town, I often let Gabe decide what’s for dinner. Jeremy is by far the pickiest eater in our house, and in his opinion, I should cook three hot meals a day. Who are we kidding? lol There are a few things that Gabe likes to eat, that Jeremy won’t eat; pizza isn’t one of them. Gabe asked to make pizza for dinner since it was his night to choose. It’s actually a household favorite to make a pizza and top it however we like. We generally spend time as a family preparing it and picking ingredients. I normally keep those pizza crust mixes or boxed pizza kits, but I had used our stock pile. I didn’t want to run to the store, and I certainly didn’t want to explain to a 5 year old that I agreed to make something that I didn’t have ingredients to make. Thank goodness for the internet! I browsed around the internet, toying with the idea of making a homemade pizza crust. I thought I would give it a try, and if I failed (that was a realistic expectation) then we would grill hot dogs. My homemade pizza crust was a big success, and ridiculously easy. I don’t think I’ll be buying those pizza crust mixes anymore.
I made the crust and I pre-baked it at 350F for 10 minutes before I put my toppings on it. This recipe will make 1 pan thickness 12 inch pizza. I prefer my crust a little thinner, so I’ll probably use 1.5x the ingredients to make 2 crusts in the future. You could spread it thinner and make a 16 inch thin crust pizza.
- 1 package active dry baking yeast
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour (bread flour works great too!)
- 1 cup hot (but not boiling) water
- 1½ teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl to activate.
- Cover and set aside for 10 mins.
- Mix in flour, salt, and oil until dough starts to form.
- Cover and set aside for 10 mins
- Preheat oven to 400F
- If dough is tacky, lightly flour your hands to handle it.
- Press it into a non-stick or greased pizza pan.
After I press my crust in the pan, I generally spread a few drops of oil across the crust and add a little seasoning. I pre-bake my crust for 10 minutes before adding sauce and toppings.
A few people have asked what pan I’m using in these photos, it’s from Le Creuset. I have a small obsession with the line.
What do you like on your pizza?