Friday, February 4, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Mom's Easy Pizza Dough

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I know, I am up incredibly early.  So, in advance, I am sorry if this post doesn't make a lot of sense.  However, in preparation of a great Super Bowl, I thought it would be the perfect time to share mom's pizza dough recipe with you.  No time to rise, and a great dough every time means game day can feed everyone quickly! 

The recipe is very basic, but John and I love throwing garlic powder and italian seasoning into the dry ingredients.  It makes the dough very flavorful, and yes, it does emulate Trader Joe's herb pizza doughs they sell.  Personally, I think ours tastes better but I might just be a bit biased.  In fact, I told John we should just start selling flavored pizza doughs.  Sundried tomato and basil, garlic and herb, there are so many combinations.

Also, if you add some cocoa powder to them, and more sugar, it's a great dessert pizza adaptation!  So, have fun with the recipe; it's the perfect one for your kids to sit and roll out their own dough, and cover individual pizzas!  How I loved when mom used to let us do that!
Mom's Easy Pizza Dough
Serves:  1-16-inch pizza
1 package of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons oil

For Trader Joe's-like flavored herb pizza, add 2 tablespoons of italian seasoning and one tablespoon of garlic powder.

First, combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Put the dry ingredients in a food processor and process once until combined (we use the metal blade, not a bread attachment).  Then, start the food processor and slowly pour in the yeast mixture.  Let the dough work approximately 45 seconds to one minute.  Then slowly pour in the oil and wait until the dough pulls away from the edges.  I usually take it out and knead it once or twice.  Then, roll out the dough to the shape desired; top with your favorite pizza toppings and put it in the oven.  It takes about 15 minutes to bake in a 350 degree oven.

So easy!  No fuss!  If you're scared of dough recipes, even YOU can do this one.  Best of all, it's light on the ingredient list.  That's one of the reasons it makes it perfect for me and John on Friday nights.

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. Thanks for the great recipe! I can't wait to try it. :-) I also have a question though, I don't have a food processor, all I have is a hand blender. Would that work?


    1. I actually mix it by hand when I'm too lazy to take out my food processor :) it works just as well. I would worry about a hand mixer because it will probably get stuck to the beaters. By hand takes really no more time; I use a wooden spoon and knead it a couple times before rolling it out!

  2. Through Pintrest I came to your recipe.
    My Kids love the thick crust and would like to eat the thin version.
    Now I will give it a try.
    It looks easy and delicious but how much grams or tsp? are there in the yeast Package?
    Again, thx4sharing.

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