homemade pizza!


If you haven’t noticed I’ve been on a wee-bit of a homemade kick recently.

(Thanks Captain Obvious.)

I’ve homemade bread, pasta, pitas (and cookies, and lasagna noodles, and more bread), diy-ed a ton of stuff around the home, etc. Call it nearing-30 nesting, call it excitement to have a home, call it extra time due to working from said home (who wouldn’t rather bake bread than commute to the office?) but I’ve been on a roll.

My most recent homemade thing? Delicious pizza. (Delicious pizza dough, really, is what I’m referring to).

Like my making of homemade bread, my making of pizza dough was inspired by my friend Graham. Graham is also on a bit of a homemade kick. I didn’t do much googling in this case, and used the vera pizza dough recipe that Graham suggested (from the Tasty Spot), it uses only flour, water, yeast and salt. I love me some simple recipes.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get myself a pizza stone* in time so the middles were a tad soggy. That didn’t stop the hubs from proclaiming it was the best pizza he’d ever had.

Note on pizza stones: apparently, these can be terribly expensive at specialty stores, and really it’s just a bit of stone. Word on the street is you can pick something up at Home Depot (but be sure not to get a glazed ceramic tile, as the glaze contains lead). Several Home Depots have stopped carrying unglazed tiles, which was the predicament we found ourselves in. We’ve also heard that sometimes Safeway or Home Outfitters has them for about $10. Let me know what you use!

The first pizza was a tomato sauce, shallots, pepperoni, green pepper and mushroom pizza with delicious mozzarella and a bit of garlic (because garlic makes everything extra delicious).

The second pizza had a pesto base, loads of red onions, mushrooms, a bit of leftover green pepper, tomato, goat cheese and a bit of mozzarella. When it finished baking, I topped it with fresh basil (because fresh basil makes most things extra delicious).

These pizzas were scarfed down by the hubs, our friend Ian, and myself and followed up with a trip to Dairy Queen for blizzards. Saturday nights don’t get much better than that, I tell you!

2 thoughts on “homemade pizza!

  1. To avoid the soggy middle problem without getting a pizza stone, try cooking the dough halfway and then adding the sauce and cheese. The toppings still cook and you get a crisper bottom.

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