Make an easy pizza dough with your bread maker; it’s simple and inexpensive. The main recipe will make 1 large pizza (14″ round or 13″ x 9″ baking sheet) or you can double the recipe ingredients for family serving and make two pizzas.
The bread machine does all the hard work for you; you simply shape it in the pan and allow it to rise before adding toppings. You can vary the thickness by spreading it more or less on the pizza pan. You can easily omit the sugar and this recipe is dairy-free.
Once you have (Step 1) ingredients in the bread maker, you’ll have the Dough cycle time – usually around 1-1/2 hours to do other things, before you go to Step 2. You can even use this time to prepare your toppings: Grate cheese, chop onions and other ingredients. And you can also do other things while the dough is rising in the pan so the three hours is not labor intensive.
Here’s What You Need to Make a Pizza:
- Bread Maker with a Dough cycle
- Pizza pan – round or rectangular baking sheet – spray or grease with vegetable oil
- Pizza dough recipe ingredients
- Rolling pin to roll and spread the dough, or use your hands
- Topping ingredients
- About 3 hours from start to serving
- An oven for baking at 350° deg. F.
Pizza Dough Recipe:
Step 1: Place Ingredients in the Bread Maker Pan in This Order:
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Bread Machine Yeast
- 1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Start the Dough cycle. Most machine dough cycles are around 1-1/2 hours – which combines a mixing, kneading and rest time. Double the recipe ingredients for two pizzas; there’s no effect on time.
Step 2: Remove Soft Kneaded Dough When Cycle is Finished:
- Place dough onto a floured surface
- For double the recipe and two pizzas, divide dough in two
- Roll dough lightly with a rolling pin to spread and shape; keep it light and °avoid heavy pressure while rolling
- Turn over once and roll till close to the shape of your pan
- Spread out on the baking sheet or pizza pan, pushing the dough gently into the corners and rolling the edges inward to form a ridge crust
- Let rise for 45 minutes in a non-drafty area. I place the pan in the oven (no heat, just the light on)
Step 3: Add Toppings to Risen Dough:
- Pizza sauce or pasta sauce (small tin or about 1/2 cup)
- Add toppings: Onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, green peppers; you can also include cooked bacon, olives, pineapple, sausage, salami, ham
- Top with shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 lb per pizza).
- Sprinkle a little Italian seasonings.
- Bake at 350°F till bottom looks done – about 25 minutes; bottom should be lightly browned and cheese melted.
- Slide unto a large cutting board, let cool 5 minutes, slice with a pizza cutter and serve.
Tips for Making Homemade Pizza:
Homemade pizza can be very economical depending on ingredients used and the whole family can help to add toppings and grate cheese. Though you can often buy pizza take out at great prices in the city, making it at home allows you to control additives and eliminate preservatives. It makes for a very nice family movie night snack.
A good substitute for pizza sauce is slightly diluted tomato paste and add more spices such Italian seasoning, Oregano and Garlic. If you have roasted garlic on hand, that will add a great taste to homemade pizza.
Toppings will vary and are totally up to you, but keep this in mind: Meat should be smoked or cooked – never put raw meat on a pizza. There is not enough oven cooking time to soften hard vegetables, so stick to soft foods such as mushrooms and peppers. You can use either fresh or canned mushrooms, but fresh simply tastes better. The canned variety should be well drained.
At the very minimum, you need pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese to top it off. You can even make custom pizza sections by adding certain ingredients to pizza quarters, to make everyone happy.
If your bread machine Dough cycle is shorter than 1-1/2 hours – that’s great and will cut down on the total time required to make your pizza. It has no effect on the ingredients or other instructions.
Alternatively, if you do not have a bread machine, you can mix and knead the dough ingredients by hand or with a food processor and give it a 20 minutes rest time before proceeding to Step 2.