Kitchen Traditions: Homemade Pizza Dough

There is so much that I love about this post from Heather of Poppy Haus—time spent together as a family, cooking for one another, the comfort and excitement of a favorite family tradition…

Every Friday for the past two years, almost without fail, we make our own pizza and have a family movie night.  I thought I’d share our recipe and tradition with you today!

Friday marks the end of the school week, the work week, and marks the beginning of our weekend together.   It’s something that we all look forward to. When the kids get out of school that day we make homemade pizza dough using a simple recipe that yields a soft, crispy crust.  Everyone picks their own toppings, and we all dig in while watching the movie from the coffee table in our family room.

Homemade Pizza Dough

 Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (between 105-115 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 ¼ cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

In a medium sized mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar in the water.  Sprinkle the yeast in and allow to activate for 5-7 minutes.  Once foamy and opaque, add olive oil and stir.  Meanwhile, in a stand mixer like a Kitchen Aid combine the flour and salt. Add a dough hook, and pour the yeast mixture into the flour.  Mix on high until smooth and falling away from the hook (about 5 minutes).  Lightly coat the inside of the bowl with olive oil and cover with a cotton towel for one hour.

Homemade Pizza Dough

To cook pizzas, preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Divide up dough into desired sizes, placing on an oiled pizza stone or sheet pan. Kids can help roll, pat, and press the dough.  Add toppings and bake until lightly golden brown, about 10-15 minutes depending on size.