Eating While Broke : Homemade Pizza Dough

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Found this recipe online one evening when I was wanting to try to copycat a pizza I love at CiCi’s Pizza.  We’ve used it twice so far, and it is easy to make and makes a tasty crust.  Unlike the Chef Boyardee mixes this stuff actually has enough dough in it to cover the pizza pan without ripping holes in the dough!  Will make 2 pizzas, thin crust style.  You can also freeze it to use at a later date.  Just take a portion of the dough, form it into a ball, rub some olive oil over it, and put it in a freezer bag.  The olive oil makes it easier to get out of the bag.  When you want to make a pizza, simply take the frozen dough out and thaw it. 

Please note that I will shortly be posting the recipes to the two pizzas in the photos below.  I forgot to take a photo of the actual crust so used these instead.  These are actual pizzas we made using the crust recipe.

 

Homemade Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour (you may substitute whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose if you want)
  • 1 (1/4 oz) package of active dry yeast (equals 2 1/4 tsp. yeast)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 T olive oil
  • cornmeal, for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Mix a pinch of sugar into the warm water.
  2. Sprinkle yeast on top.  Wait 10 minutes or until it gets all foamy.
  3. Pour into a large bowl.  Add flour, salt, and olive oil and combine.
  4. Knead for 6-8 minutes until you have a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (add a bit more flour if you need to).
  5. Cover and let rest for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Lightly grease 2 12-inch pizza pans.  Sprinkle with a little bit of cornmeal.
  7. Divide dough in half and stretch over the two pans, making it thicker around the edges.
  8. If desired, pre-bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.
  9. Spread with desired toppings and bake at 425 for 10-20 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see additional posts in the 2010 “Eating While Broke” series by clicking the following links:

 

Be sure to check out the group “Eating While Broke” for other frugal recipes and tips, along with freebies and other things to help you save money.

 

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