Homemade Pizza With Jake

Jake and I love to make our own pizza because we can put any toppings we want on top.  It's also fun to roll out our own dough.  It takes practice to roll the dough out perfectly round, but homemade pizza tastes really good no matter what shape it is.  I bake these individual pizzas on a cookie sheet because it is easier for the little kids like my brother Jake.  If you like your pizza crust really crisp and to taste like the pizza you get in restaurants, then try my other recipe on this site for Brick Oven Pizza.  

Ingredients Needed:

Flour, salt, olive oil, water, and yeast for the dough

1 jar spaghetti sauce like Prego or bottled pizza sauce

Mozzarella Cheese

Pizza toppings like pepperoni, olives, pineapple, sausage

Parmesan Cheese (not the kind in the green container)

  1. Automatic Bread Baker if you have one; it makes the dough very easily.  If you don't have one, a mixer with a dough hook.
  2. Pastry cloth and rolling pin; miniature rolling pins are easier than big ones.  You can go to a hardware store and ask them to cut you a dowel that is 1 3/4 to 2" in diameter and 9"long; that is the perfect size for rolling pizza dough.
  3. Baking sheet covered with parchment or greased with non-stick spray
  4. Spoon for spreading the sauce
  5. Pot holders for removing the hot pan from the oven

How to Make Homemade Pizza

 

If you are using an automatic bread baker, pour in the water and olive oil, then add the flour, salt and yeast.  Turn the machine to the dough setting and let it run. 

Look inside to see if the dough is well-mixed.  You don't have to let it run the full cycle.  Once the dough is well mixed and doesn't look like it has any lumps, you can take it out and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.  Then it's ready to divide and roll into pizza.

If you are making the dough in the mixer, attach the dough hook, then pour in the water.   

Add the olive oil.

Add the yeast and turn the mixer to low;

With the motor still running, add a cup of the flour;

Then add the salt. 

Now add the rest of the flour to make a soft dough; it should not be sticky though.  Let the machine run on low until the dough looks smooth; about 10 minutes.

Remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a dishtowel.  Let it rest 20 minutes while you are getting the rest of the ingredients.

When the dough has rested, put it on a lightly floured pastry cloth and form it into a ball.

Now cut the dough into 8 equal pieces.  Have your adult helper there while you are using a knife.  First cut the ball of dough in half.

Then cut each of the halves in half

Now, cut each of the quarters in half; you will have eight pieces of dough.  Pinch each piece of dough into a circle.

Roll each of the dough circles into a large circle about 8 inches in diameter

 

Put the 8 inch circles on a parchment-lined or greased baking sheet.

Spread the dough with pizza sauce, then sprinkle with cheese.

Make sure you don't get too much cheese or your pizza will be kind of greasy and the cheese will run off of the sides of the pizza.

Now put the toppings on the pizza.  Jake accidentally got his finger in the sauce!

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the top of everything.  Don't use the kind in the green container because it is dry and old.  Either grate your own or buy the already grated in the package.

Now put the pan in the oven and then you have to wait until the pizza is browned on the edges and the cheese is melted. 

It's very hard for Jake to wait because he's hungry.  But actually it only takes about 10 minutes to cook the pizza.

Tiffany smells the pizza and wants Jake to give her a bite. 

Have your adult helper take the pizza out of the oven for you or at least be there so you don't burn yourself.  Make sure you have a potholder in both hands.

This is what the pizza looks like when it's done.  We can't wait to eat it.  We like to cut it into eight wedges with a pizza cutter before we eat it.

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