We LOVE pizza at our house and we have a weekend tradition to make our own personal pizzas. We give each person in our family an 8″ cake pan and they then get to roll out their dough in their pan, put on the amount of sauce that they want, and load it with whatever toppings they choose. We lay out all the toppings and let the kids just go to town . . . it is hilarious what they come up with! And this is one meal that I KNOW they will eat all their dinner because they made it themselves.
We have tried lots of pizza crust recipes over the years and this one is our favorite! It makes a thick, delicious crust (kind of like a Pizza Hut pan pizza) and we absolutely love it.
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, Parmesan cheese and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky (sometimes I need more, sometimes I need less- it kind of depends on the weather and the humidity in the air). Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza sauce recipe (I just like to use Prego Traditional spaghetti sauce) and favorite toppings.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
I will also bake the pizza crust on a large 17x12x1″ cookie sheet and it works perfectly. We also cook it on a pizza stone (it makes about 2 12″ pizzas) and in 8″ cake pans for individual pizzas (it makes about 5 pizzas in the cake pans).
*When we let everyone make their own pizzas, these are the toppings we put out:
-Ham (cut into small pieces or cubes)
-Zucchini (sliced really thin)
It’s fun to watch the kids load their pizzas- sometimes they even branch out and try new toppings. We then pop in a movie and have a Movie Night while we eat our homemade pizzas . . . it’s one of my favorite things to do. We hope to continue this tradition while our kids grow up and include their friends when they become older.