With over 3 billion pizzas purchased in the US every year, it’s pretty safe to say we are a pizza loving nation. Although having pizza delivered to your home on a Friday night is an easy and fun treat to look forward to, making your own homemade pizza is easier than you think – and you get to choose exactly what goes on it!
Homemade Pizza Benefits
- You get to choose what ingredients you put in. If you, or anyone in your family, have allergies or intolerances this is the perfect way to ensure they are not included in your pizza. You can also make sure no unnecessary (and often highly processed) ingredients are added. You can also get super creative with the pizza toppings – there are no rules!
- Homemade pizza is less expensive. Depending on what ingredients you use, a homemade pizza should cost you less than buying one in the store, or getting one delivered.
- The kids will love to get involved. What better way to inspire the children than to show them exactly how to make a pizza at home? By teaching them how to cook their favorite meal you’ll hopefully also be showing them the importance of knowing what is in their food, as well as cooking foods from scratch.
The Equipment You Will Need To Cook Your Pizza
At a very basic level you really only need your ingredients (more on that later), an oven and a bowl to mix your dough in.
The way you cook your pizza is dependent on what kitchen appliances you have available. You can cook a pizza using any of the following methods;
- In an electric or gas oven. This is probably the most common way as most homes already have an oven in the kitchen. Although this method of cooking a pizza is adequate, for superior results you should consider a pizza stone which will enable you to cook the pizza at much higher temperatures, as well as more evenly, and thus result in a crispier base.
- In a wood-fired oven. This is the traditional Italian way, with the pizza oven creating an outdoor kitchen. It is perfect for those that enjoy outdoor eating and socialising; a wood-fired oven can be a real center piece of any garden, as well as produce delicious pizzas, as well as other foods, including bread.
- In an outdoor pizza oven. Another outdoor appliance but instead of being fuelled by wood, these more portable pizza ovens tend to be powered by gas. They are useful if you intend to move it around and have plans to take it camping with you.
- In a cast iron skillet. Yes, pizza in a cast iron skillet is both possible and extremely tasty. With a little olive oil in the pan you simply add your rolled out dough and pizza sauce and put it in a preheated oven (525F, or more) for around 10 to 12 minutes. Then add your shredded cheese and any toppings and put back in the oven to melt the cheese. Just remember to protect your hands when taking out the cast iron pan – it’s going to be super hot, so use appropriate heat resistant oven gloves.
- In an air fryer. With the growing popularity of air fryers, many homes now have these, or at least have them on their wish lists. Air fryers can cook pizzas quickly and depending on the air fryer you have you can either place them directly in the basket, on some parchment paper or in one of the many air fryer accessories available.
Making The Dough
You can make this as simple or lengthy as you wish. There are many different ways to make pizza dough, from quick 2 ingredient pizza bases, to more involved recipes that include proving time. If you are short on time, there are plenty of great options for store bought pizza dough, or pizza crusts.
Pizza dough can either be kneaded by hand and left to prove somewhere warm, or if you have a bread machine you can make it in there.
There a plenty of different ways to make pizza dough from scratch, the following are some of our favorites;
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough
- 1 and 1/4 cups lukewarm water
- 4 cups bread flour
- 0.25oz of dried yeast
- 1tsp sugar
- 3tbsp olive oil
- 2tsp salt
- In a bowl mix together the yeast, sugar, flour and salt. Mix together the oil and water and then add it to the dry flour mix.
- Mix together until a dough like consistency has formed.
- On a lightly floured work top knead the dough for around 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add a tiny bit of oil to the mixing bowl and add the dough. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
- Divide the dough up into 4 equal portions and roll out on a floured work top. Place on a pizza stone or pan and add toppings. Cook for 12 minutes at 450F or until it is golden on top and the dough is cooked through.
2 Ingredient Pizza Dough
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- 2 cups self-raising flour
Simply mix the two ingredients together and knead for about 5 minutes until a dough consistency has been formed. If the dough is too sticky add some more flour. Roll it out on a floured surface (cut in two to make a smaller pizza) and cook it at 400F for 5 to 8 minutes. Add toppings and cook again for a few more minutes.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This cauliflower pizza crust base has been made popular with many different diet plan movements, in particular a keto meal plan. Tasty pizza without the guilt of lots of carbs!
- 1 cauliflower head
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 eggs, beaten
Place the cauliflower head in a food processor or blender and pulse until fine. Steam the cauliflower, for speed just put it in a microwave safe bowl with 2tbsp of water, put a lid on and cook on high power for 3 minutes. Pat the cauliflower dry and add it to the cheeses, salt, garlic powder and beaten eggs. Transfer the mix to a pizza stone or pan and mould it into a pizza shaped base. Cook at 350F for 12 minutes. Add toppings of your choice.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
Like pizza dough there is a wide selection of ready made pizza sauces to buy. However, if you prefer to make your own it is really simple to do.
Basic Pizza Sauce
- 15 ounce tomato sauce
- 6 ounce tomato paste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tbsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tbsp. ground oregano
- 1tsp ground paprika
Simply put it all in a blender and mix together. This also makes a great base for a pasta sauce.
This is where you can get really creative! Anything goes when you are adding your pizza toppings. You can pretty much turn a pizza into any meal depending on what toppings you use (yes even breakfast and dessert!)
What cheese and how much cheese you use on your pizza is really your call. Traditionally mozzarella cheese is used on pizza, but actually you can use whatever you like the taste of the most, or have available. You can even create the classic four cheeses pizza using your own choice of cheeses, as a suggestion you can use parmesan, mozzarella, gorgonzola and ricotta.
Pepperoni is one of the most popular toppings, adding on some chilies, peppers and onions makes for a tasty combination.
The great thing about making your own pizzas from scratch is you can cater for different likes and dislikes in your family – or get everyone making their own!