Now, just a pre-note, I've always hated homemade pizza. I think it just tastes awful and the texture is weird and.. there's really nothing good about it.
With that said, here's what the pizza looked like: (as I was in the process of eating it)
AND IT WAS FREAKING DELICIOUS!! Seriously, the best pizza I've ever had. Even better than Pizza Hut.. which is saying a lot because that's the one pizza that I actually love. I guess I've found my knack of what I cook best? Or maybe it was just a fluke and I accidentally scored?? Either way, it was amazing. Cody thought so too, and he also dislikes homemade pizza.
Side note.. I had the dough all made, the toppings ready to put on, and realized I forgot to buy cheese! Duh! Who forgets cheese when making PIZZA!?? So I had to run to Costco super fast a buy a thing of cheese (that was freaking huge.. So it looks like I'll be making a lot of pizza in the next little bit)
- Great Value Classic Alfredo
- Sliced ham from Costco (for sandwiches) which I cut up into tiny pieces
- Pineapple chunks that I cut up into small pieces
- Mozzarella cheese
- An herb from my spice rack called Pizza Seasoning (fancy, huh?)
[^ I made up this pizza at PPC, and if you haven't tried it, it's seriously so good! Alfredo instead of classic red sauce, and then a normal Hawaiian pizza.. MMM:]
Dough: *If you buy those pizza yeast packets, they have a recipe on the back that I followed. But I'll give it to you just in case.
- 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I started out with one cup of wheat flour, then added small amounts that probably added up to 3/4 cup of white flour)
- 1 packet of pizza yeast
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup very warm water (120* to 130* F)
- 3 tablespoons oil
COMBINE 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix until well blended; about 1 minute. (I don't have a Kitchen Aid or any type of dough making machine, so for this part I just used a good ol' wooden spoon)
ADD gradually, enough remaining flour until soft dough ball is formed. Dough will be slightly sticky. (And for this part, I mixed it with my hands)
KNEAD on a floured surface adding additional flour if needed, until smoothe and elastic; about 4 minutes. With floured hands, pat dough out to fill greased pizza pan , OR roll to a 12-inch circle and transfer to greased pizza pan (which is the option I did, because I have a fancy pan that can be used for pizzas!)
TOP as desired with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese.
BAKE on bottom oven rack for 12-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is browned. (Mine took about 13 minutes to reach perfection, but obviously everyone's oven is different)
And when it comes out, wait a little bit so you don't burn your mouth off, but then eat this delicious pizza as soon as you can and enjoy every bite!
*But just remember that if you have normal yeast, you might have to alter this recipe a little bit. Or look at Elise's recipe, because she uses normal yeast that you have to wait for it to raise.*