Pizza Dough

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Note to self: For a couple of days now Moudi has been wanting pizza. I know, I know…we probably could’ve ordered out, but I really wanted to extra and make homemade pizza for him. The hardest part of this recipe is just the waiting game and letting the dough rise. You’ll have to prep and know you’re going to make pizza for it to work out…unless you’re like me and a total night owl and start the dough in the middle of the afternoon. We decided to have a date night and I dragged him to go see Girls Trip. If you haven’t seen it it’s SO funny! Omg a must see…and it had Queen Latifah in it and I absolutely adore her. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen her in a movie so I was super excited.

Anyways, other than the waiting game it’s a super easy recipe and you can make your own toppings. I made 3 pizzas and had some dough leftover which I saved to make some Stromboli. The size of the pizza is like a small to a medium. It would easily serve 4-5 people depending on how hungry you are. This is a definite must try and if you want to make Stromboli I would double the recipe and you get two meals out of one dough.

I didn’t have any bread flour or whole wheat so I used all purpose but the dough was more thinner than when I usually make it with bread flour. So this will come out to be a thin crust pizza. If you want a more substantial crust, use bread flour. I adapted this recipe from naturallyella.com and followed her toppings as well as making my own. I made a spinach, chicken and onion pizza with ranch as the sauce base for one pizza, and then used marinara as the base for the other pizzas.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 2½ tsp yeast
  • ¼ cup honey
  • tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ – 2 cups all purpose flour (bread, pastry or whole wheat works well too)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine ¾ cup water, 2½ tsp yeast, and ¼ cup honey and stir with a wooden spoon until yeast is dissolved.
  2. Let it sit until yeast begins to activate, 5-10 minutes.
  3. Once yeast is ready, add in 2 tbsp olive oil,½ tsp salt, and 1 cup of flour.
  4. Mix until well combined. Start adding 2-4 tablespoons of flour at a time, and mix the dough until adding a bit more flour.
  5. When the dough starts to come together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, remove and knead for a few minutes.
  6. Place dough in a large bowl that was brushed with oil. Place in a warm spot and let it rise for 2-3 hours.
  7. Once your dough has double in size, preheat your oven to 500˚. Return to your dough and punch it down. Let rise for 20 more minutes.
  8. Roll the dough out onto a surface covered in cornmeal.
  9. Place rolled out pizza dough on a baking sheet and spread desired toppings.
  10. I used ranch as the base, added onion slices, shredded chicken, chopped fresh spinach and sprinkled with crushed red pepper, oregano, and garlic salt.
  11. Top pizza with enough mozzarella cheese to cover most of the spinach.
  12. Place baking sheet into the oven and bake until crust and mozzarella is golden brown, 10-15 minutes. (Depending on how thick your crust is) Let sit for a few minutes before slicing.

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Original recipe adapted from: https://naturallyella.com/spinach-ranch-pizza/

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