How to Make a Pizza from Scratch

Have you ever wanted to make a homemade pizza?  Now you can, with some very basic household ingredients. 

First, you’ll need to gather ingredients to make the dough. You’ll need 2 cups of all-purpose bread flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast, 3 tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil, 1 cup of very warm water (120°F to 130°F), a rolling pin to roll the dough.

Second, you’ll need baking pans.  You can use two square pans, 8 x 8 x 2 inches, or 2 round pans, 9 x 1 inches.

Third, you’ll need to gather ingredients for the toppings.  You’ll need tomato sauce, 8 ounces of shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, pepperoni, chopped bacon, or other desired toppings. 

Prepare the dough ahead of time.  First, mix 1 cup of flour, the sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.  Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Stir in enough flour so that the dough is soft and leaves the sides of the bowl.  Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, knead 5 to 8 minutes or until dough is smooth and springy.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

It is now time to pre-bake your crust to prevent it from getting soggy.  Sprinkle the dough with cornmeal.  Divide the dough in half, patting each half into the bottom of a pan.  Heat oven to 375°F.  Partially bake the crust for 20 to 22 minutes.  In the meantime, prepare the toppings.

After you have made the crust, you need to spread the tomato sauce evenly over the crust.  Then, sprinkle the cheese to cover the sauce.  Next, lay a small amount of bacon over the cheese, leaving enough room for the pepperoni and other toppings.  Then, lay the pepperoni next to the bacon. 

Finally, put the pizzas in the oven for fifteen to twenty minutes or until the cheese has melted and toppings are cooked.  When your homemade pizzas are done, enjoy!