With our newest Nevels member on the scene, we’ve got Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s pizza on speed dial. Now the beauty of pizza is that it is one meal that I don’t have to persuade our picky toddlers to eat, but the tragedy is that these girls eat a lot of pizza. We’re easily dropping $40+ on just a one topping pizza! Needless to say, our bi-weekly pizza splurges were starting to break our piggy bank and this frugal Momma was compelled to take action.
Up until recently I’ve been too intimidated to make my own pizza from scratch. Sure I’ve tried the pre-made flatbreads, but those certainly pale in comparison to freshly made pizza dough. So how did I conquer my insecurities? I turned to Betty Crocker and my trusty stand mixer. The recipe instructions are outlined so simply that I even let little Miss Jada join in the fun.
Check out the recipe for this awesome pizza crust:
2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package regular or quick active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 cup very warm water
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and yeast. Add oil and warm water. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 3 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is soft and leaves sides of bowl. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Knead 5 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 425 Fahrenheit. Grease pizza pan with oil and divide dough in half.
Helpful Tip: For a crispy crust bake dough for 7-8 minutes before adding sauce, cheese and additional toppings. After adding toppings cook for additional 8-10 minutes.
The best part of this recipe is that I didn’t have to run to the store for any ingredients. I already had the ingredients for the dough on hand. I was also able to involve a very curious toddler in the dough prep (measuring and pouring) and the kneading process (think edible play dough) which culminated into some quality mother/daughter time (two birds and one stone). Not to mention, for once I felt like I was ahead of the game. Instead of fretting over what to cook for dinner and how long it would take, I had a yummy pizza locked and loaded in the oven in just minutes.
So ditch the pre-made flat bread and give this a go! You won’t regret it.
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