Spencer and I love pizza from Happy Joe’s which is a pizza chain unfortunately close to our apartment. We love the thick, soft, crust and the unique toppings. Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato is our absolute favorite. However, a large BLT pizza costs nearly $20! It’s okay to indulge from time to time but our habit has been getting pricey.
I have tried homemade pizza before with only mediocre results. The crust simply didn’t compare to our favorite take-out. After “researching” online I went with a recipe from MomAdvice. I was intrigued by the addition of baking powder and expected it to yield a lighter crust. I topped the pizza with some canned spaghetti sauce, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, purple onions, and ground Italian sausage.
The result was delicious! Spencer was also very impressed.
I will definitely use this recipe again. I look forward to trying different variations. Perhaps a deep-dish pizza in a cast iron skillet?
Quick and Thrifty Pizza Dough
Adapted from MomAdvice
Makes 1 large or 2 medium thick crust pizzas
- 1 1/3 C warm water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp yeast
- 2 TBSP cornmeal
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 1/4 C flour
Visit the original recipe for a bread machine version.
- Pour warm water into large bowl.
- Sprinkle sugar and yeast into water. Stir gently. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes until dissolved.
- Add remaining ingredients except flour. Stir to combine.
- Stir in flour one cup at a time until a stiff dough is formed.
- Knead dough 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Return dough to bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and turn to coat. Cover with towel and put in warm, dry place.
- Allow dough to rest at least 15 minutes, up to 1 hour. The dough may not have time to rise until double but should be stretchy.
- Prepare pizza toppings. Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Press dough evenly into greased pan.
- Prick dough with fork. Par-bake crust 10 minutes.
- Top pizza with desired sauce, vegetables, and cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Broil 5 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.
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