Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cabin Cooking: Homemade Pizza Dough

Living off the grid it's easy to get a craving for pizza, but impossible to get it delivered. What do we do? We make it at home.

I was afraid making pizza dough would be hard, but that's not the case. It's actually quite easy. I use a recipe from Kitchn with a minor adjustment.

Homemade Pizza Dough


3/4 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Mix flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl.

Measure 3/4 cup lukewarm water, remove 2 teaspoons and replace with olive oil, a common ingredient in other recipes.

Mix the liquid and dry ingredients with a spoon until it forms a shaggy dough.

Put dough out on a board and knead until all of the flour is incorporated and it becomes elastic, about 10 minutes.

Let rise until double. Divide in half for two 10-inch pies. You can refrigerate to use later.

Heat the oven to 500 degrees.

Form by hand on parchment paper into a 1/4" thin circle.

Transfer on the paper to a pan or baking stone for easy baking.

Spread sauce over the dough, cover with shredded mozzarella cheese, and add your toppings.

Bake for five minutes, rotate the pan and bake for an additional five minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edge of the crust is crispy.

I made one thin crust and a second thicker. We liked the thin best. Next time I'm going to try using a rolling pin to get the dough thinner. Using the parchment paper will prevent it from sticking to the breadboard. It doesn't keep the crust from  browning and can be removed half way through cooking or at the end.

Do you make your own pizza? Do you have any suggestions? -- Margy


  1. I use an old Canadian Living recipe for yeast free dough that makes a perfect thin crust pizza, but I have just realized they have taken the recipe down. I have it printed, now just have to find it

    1. I have been putting recipes I same taped in a spiral notebook, otherwise they get to be a jumbled mess. I save more than I ever use, but maybe someday. - Margy

  2. Got to better than that pap in the grocery freezer. I do like my pizza, it's just too much work for a single serving.

    1. Cooking in small quantities is hard. I wanted to freeze half of the dough for later, but Wayne convinced me to make two pies. And you know what happened, we ate it all in just a few days. - Margy

  3. I use more or less the same ingredients for our pizzas but add a drop of real good green olive oil which is a wonderful flavour enhancer, I too prefer a thin crispy base.I use my food processor, to mix the dough (so much easier) and when the dough is ready, the fillings are added, it is placed on a special pizza stone then baked in a med/ hot oven, it never fails, perfect pizza with a stone ground base, I have to cook a large one, half would be tuna, prawns, green pepper and lighly sauteed red onions and chunks of mozzarella cheese. But first, the base is smothered with a classic tomato sauce with chopped garlic and fresh basil leaves, it is quite thick so that the pizza doesn't go soggy, I always have a jar of my home made version in the fridge. The other half of this enormous pizza, for himself is covered with the tomato sauce, then mozzarella chunks and proscuitto, hot spicy slices of chorizo sausage and some red cascicum peppers and mushrooms This is placed in a medium/hot oven for about 30 mins..Perfectio !
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

    1. Thanks for all the tips. I think I'll pass on the red capsicum peppers though. If I really get into making lots of pizza I may have to invest in a baking stone. - Margy

  4. mm, I love pizza. My son and daughter both make better pizza than i do!

    1. It's my favourite food, now I can have it at home. - Margy

  5. wishing you bon apetit

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
    (want to take a preview at the new url starting round 21 ?

    1. Thanks for the link to the Round 21 site. I already bookmarked it. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy