My husband and I love Pizza but the store-bought ones are so full of cheese and sometimes the crust can be chewy and tough. I have begun making Pizzas at home. I feared homemade Pizzas would be a flop but surprisingly they are quite easy to make. You can make it for a quick dinner or even breakfast.
Here is the easiest version of Pizza I have made so far using All Purpose Flour. This is a good choice for beginners though there are healthier Pizza crusts like Whole Wheat Crust, Cauliflower Crust, Coconut Flour Crust and so on.
A perfect crust can be obtained by baking the Pizza on a Pizza Stone at the highest oven temperature. If you don’t have a Pizza Stone, you can use a Pizza Pan or Baking Sheet. I have used pie pans and cake pans for making my pizza.
- All Purpose Flour – 2 cups
- Yeast – 1 tsp
- Warm Water – 1/2 cup
- Salt – to taste
- Sugar – 1 tbsp
- Corn Flour/All Purpose Flour – for dusting
- Canned Tomato Sauce/Puree – 1/4 cup
- Dried Parsley Flakes – 2 tsp
- Garlic Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Barbeque Sauce – 2 tbsp (optional)
- Thinly Sliced Tomatoes – 1 medium
- Thinly Sliced Mushrooms – 4 or 5
- Thinly Sliced Bell Peppers – half of one small bell pepper
- Chopped Fresh or Frozen Spinach – 1/4 cup or less
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – 1/4 cup (You can use Low Fat Cheese)
- Olive Oil – 2 tsp + 1 tsp (for coating the pizza pan)
- Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of lightly warm water along with 1 tbsp sugar. Keep it aside for ten minutes so that it becomes foamy.
- In a bowl, combine flour, little salt, 2 tsp olive oil and the yeast solution. Knead lightly to form a smooth dough and leave it aside for ten minutes. You may have to add a few tablespoons of water while kneading.
- Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup of the canned tomato sauce, parsley flakes, garlic powder and salt in another bowl. You can also add 2 tbsp of barbeque sauce for an extra kick.
- Dust your working surface with little corn/all purpose flour and roll the dough into desired shape. The crust shouldn’t be too thin but should be atleast 1/4″ thick. You can roll it into 10-12″ diameter approximately. Brush the top of the dough with little olive oil.
- If using frozen spinach, defrost it. If using fresh spinach, wash it thoroughly and then chop it.
- Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Lightly grease a pizza pan, stone or baking sheet with olive oil and dust with all purpose flour or corn flour.
- Transfer the rolled out dough to the pan and press lightly. Pinch the edges to keep the toppings inside.
- Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the crust. Top the crust with all the vegetables and shredded cheese.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes on the lowest rack until the cheese melts. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
- For a thin and crispy crust, roll the dough into a thinner circle and bake for 12-15 minutes on 450 degree F.
- Feel free to top the pizza with vegetables of your choice like olives, basil, onions and so on but do not overcrowd the pizza with too many toppings.
- You can also lightly saute toppings like onions and mushrooms in little oil before adding it to your pizza base.
- Be careful with the amount of tomato sauce you spread on the base or else the pizza will become soggy.