We LOVE pizza night at our house, but ordering in is an expensive option. Here I’ll share with you THE best homemade pizza crust! It is so easy, too! I was lucky enough to get this amazing recipe from one of my daughters’ school teachers a few years ago, and it is the ONLY pizza crust recipe I have used since.
First off, I would like to introduce you to one of my best friends in the kitchen: My Bosch Mixer. I have had this baby for 12 years now, and it has never let me down! You can totally make bread doughs in a KitchenAid stand mixer, but you have to keep a closer eye on the motor because of their tendency to overheat. Not the case for a Bosch! They are designed specifically heavy duty mixing of yeast doughs. They are definitely worth the investment, so start saving!
Okay, let’s get started! First of all, combine the warm water, oil, sugar and yeast. If you are using instant yeast, there is no need to let it sit.
Next, add 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour and the salt. Mix in well. Let the machine knead it for about 5 minutes.
The dough will form a ball that doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. If it does, add a bit more flour, 1/2 to 1 cup more, a bit at a time. Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes. Briefly knead to release air. At this point, it should be slightly sticky when you press your finger against it.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Baking the pizzas on parchment paper really helps the crust to crisp perfectly, plus it makes cleanup so much easier!
Oil a clean surface, like your counter. Divide your dough into desired sizes. We usually make individual-sized pizzas since we all like different toppings, but you can easily make larger ones. This recipe yields about 7 individual or 2 large pizza crusts. Pat and roll to desired sizes, then place on the parchment-lined sheets.
Gather up your sauce and toppings while the crusts rest a bit. My favorite toppings are onions (especially sweet onions!), black olives, pepperoni, green peppers and PINEAPPLE! Pizza is hardly worth the calories to me if it doesn’t have pineapple on it, haha! Before you start putting the toppings on your pizzas, start your oven preheating to 425 F.
See that funny pizza in the bottom right corner? That’s a bunny made of olives. My 6-yr-old was feeling creative!
Once your pizzas are decorated, let them sit about 10 minutes while the oven preheats.
Pop them in the oven and set the timer for 12 minutes. Start checking on them frequently after 12 minutes. Cheese pizzas are usually done around 12 minutes, the rest, depending on how many toppings they have, take anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
Now that your pizzas are in the oven, take a minute to make this crust butter. It will take your pizza experience to the next level!
Melt 1/2 cube (1/4 cup) butter and stir in grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, garlic powder and onion powder.
As soon as you pull the pizzas out of the oven, brush the crust edges with the butter mixture. I love my silicone pastry brush for this since there is no risk of little bristles getting stuck to my pizza crust!
Sometimes we leave the pizza sauce off, cover the crust with cheese, and when baked, brush this butter sauce over the entire thing. So yummy!
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