Best Pizza CrustPizza is one of our family’s favorite foods. I’ve mentioned it before, but Forrest loved making homemade pizza when he was growing up. On our first Valentine’s Day, Forrest made me pizzas (as in…like five), and he introduced me to how fun and delicious it can be to make homemade pizza. Recently, we’ve been making a lot of homemade pizza — usually on the weekends — and I think it’s becoming a weekly tradition. Since Jack is on a gluten-free diet, I’ve searched high and low for the best gluten-free pizza crust. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recipe, but we are really loving Pamela’s gluten-free pizza mix. A friend suggested it, and it tastes great – Forrest even mentioned he forgot it was gluten-free…which is saying something because he always comments on things tasting gluten-free. Ha! Anyways, a few weeks ago, we invited my little brother over to go bowling and make pizza. While I made a gluten-free pizza for Jack, we decided to make a traditional, gluten-filled crust as well..and boy, was it delicious. I had been looking around for an easy, fast-rising pizza dough recipe recently. There are a lot of them online, but they always seemed to have something missing. So I looked at a bunch and then kind of created my own. This turned out great. My little brother said it was better than Pizza Hut (which is saying something. He likes Pizza Hut a lot!) At first, I thought it wasn’t done, because it didn’t get golden brown…but it tasted perfect, so we just looked past that. It takes a very short time to make and let it rise, and it tastes great. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to use fresh yeast. We made this another time, and it turned out super dense, which we feel was because our yeast was pretty old. However, it’s turned out really delicious every other time…so I still call it a win. This is great for college students, or people who just don’t want to wait forever for pizza dough to rise! This recipe makes two pizza crusts – we only used one when we made it with my brother though. We used the other half to make cheesy garlic bread . . . and cinnamon sticks! Here is a video of us making it! Which were both big hits. For the cinnamon sticks, you just need to spread melted butter on top of the dough and combine together about 1/4 cup sugar with 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon. For the garlic bread, just mix about 1/4 cup melted butter with garlic, spread that on top of the dough, and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Both bake at 425 for about 10 minutes. YUM!
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 packages of quick rise yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 5-5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Add water, yeast, and sugar to a mixing bowl. Stir and then let proof for about 5 minutes.
- Add salt, honey, and about 2.5 cups of flour. Mix with a dough hook by hand.
- Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough doesn't stick to your hands.
- Form until ball and knead several times (or use a dough hook for this part.)
- Place in an oiled boil, cover with plastic wrap and let rise at least 30 minutes. The longer it rises, the better.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Form pizza on a stone or pizza pan
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Add toppings& sauce and then bake 10-15 minutes more.