There is something about homemade pizza that I absolutely love. Whether it's being able to control the ingredients, making a variety of pizzas that please everyone from meat-eaters to vegetarians, or being able to get in there and play with your food, I love it all. I actually made 4 different kinds of pizza, along with this white pizza. This was my favorite which is why I am sharing. I will tell you about the other ones I made after this recipe . But first, let's make some dough.
1 1/2 cups warm water (at least 110 degrees, a little higher is ok)
1 tsp organic granulated sugar
2 packets of active dry yeast (0.25 ounces each)
1/4 cup organic olive oil
1 tbsp salt
4-5 cups organic all-purpose flour
Directions: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes. There should be lots of bubbles on top of the water. If not, either your yeast was bad or the water wasn't warm enough. I recommend starting again, if possible. While you are waiting for the yeast to proof, or come back to life, preheat your oven to 170 degrees. When it is preheated and beeps, shut it off and don't open the door until your dough is ready.
Start the mixer on medium and add the olive oil and the salt. Turn to medium-low and start adding the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. At this point you are just standing there looking pretty, your mixer is doing all the work for you. When most of the 1/2 cup of flour is mixed in, you will add another 1/2 cup and so forth, until you get to the 4 cup mark. You want the dough to be in a ball. It will be slightly sticky but should hold that ball shape well. At the 4 cup point, my dough was only halfway a ball shape, most of it was sticking to the bottom of the bowl. I took my last cup of flour and started adding it a tablespoon at a time until the ball formed completely at just under the 5 cup point.
Add some olive oil to a large bowl, I use my nonstick soup pot. Rub the inside until well coated and add the dough. Drizzle a little more oil on the top and cover with plastic wrap or a dish towel and put in the oven. Let rise for 60 minutes.
Now I cook my pizza using a pizza stone, so that is the cooking directions I will share with you. If you are serious about doing homemade pizza, I HIGHLY recommend buying a pizza stone and a pizza wheel. Not only does it make the process easier, the pizza cooks in 10 minutes, or less depending on the size of the pizza (the individual one for my son baked in only 6 minutes) and the taste is unbelievable.
1/3 of the pizza dough
1/4 cup organic olive oil
6 cloves of organic garlic, peeled and smashed
1 cup organic shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup organic ricotta cheese, part-skim or whole
1 cup organic broccoli, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
flour for your work surface, corn meal for your pizza wheel
Directions: Add your stone to the oven and set to the temperature to 500 degrees. Let your stone preheat along with the oven for 30 minutes before you add your pizza to bake. Add the olive oil and the smashed garlic to a small sauce pan and cook on medium until the garlic is lightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Flour your work surface, don't be stingy, and roll out your dough to whatever shape you want. That's the beauty of homemade pizza, make it any way you want, it does not have to be perfect. Just make sure its a size that will fit on your stone. Once it's rolled out, I sprinkle my pizza wheel with a generous handful of corn meal and roll my dough around the rolling pin to transfer it to the wheel, similar to transferring dough to a pie pan. Once it's on the wheel, brush your garlic oil over the dough. You might not use all of it, and that's ok. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese to cover completely. Use a teaspoon to drop dollops of ricotta cheese randomly over the top of the pizza. Sprinkle the broccoli pieces over the top, season with a pinch of salt & pepper, and transfer to your pizza stone and bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown, and the cheese has melted, as pictured above. I transferred my pizza to a piece of foil on the counter to cool slightly before I cut into it. You will definitely want to serve this immediately. Enjoy!!
Tip: It's funny, sometimes we don't even make it to the table to eat when I make pizza. But I love it. The kids get involved, this is a great one for kids to do (except for adding to and taking from the pizza stone, because it is super hot). As the pizza comes out, we stand around the kitchen and talk, eating and deciding how we want to do the next one, with flour on our hands and clothes, and at least 1 of us with it in our hair. You definitely don't get that experience with delivery or Digiorno. Some other pizzas we did this night, Caramelized onion, Sausage and Kale pizza, cheese pizza, and sausage and cheese pizza. They were all delicious, but as I said, the white pizza was my favorite which is why I shared it with you.