One of the things I started making from scratch after we started eating healthier is PIZZA! Real Fit, Real Food Mom was posting homemade bread and homemade pizza dough recipes using her bread machine and then I realized hey, I have a bread machine that’s been sitting in my cupboard for 10 years…. So I adjusted her pizza dough recipe to make one large pizza and added the toppings that we like. I have been making this about every couple weeks ever since. Once in a while I might do mini pizzas instead, which is a recipe I found in the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook using pita bread found at Trader Joe’s. And I admit, there has been the occasion where we ordered pizza or picked up a Papa Murphy’s pizza. We do okay with the Papa Murphy’s pizza but always feel yucky after eating the ordered pizza. So why do we do it then? I know… It’s a battle we deal with. The want to eat out because it’s convenient, and then the regret. For more information on the ingredients of pizza from these big companies, check out Food Babe’s post on pizza. Now I suppose you could mix up the ingredients for the dough and then knead it yourself instead of using a bread machine, but I have not tried that. The bread machine is convenient to use, of course. I have also made bread, hamburger/hotdog buns, and cinnamon rolls with my bread machine. And there are many more recipes I want to try.
Here’s the bread machine I use (or a newer version of it since mine is so old):
- 2¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¾ cup hot water
- 3 TB olive oil
- 3 TB raw honey
- ½ TB yeast
- 1 can pizza sauce (I use half and freeze the other half)
- 12 oz - 16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (depending on how cheesy you want it)
- Toppings of your choice. Some ideas: uncured pepperoni, sausage, olives, ham, pineapple, green pepper, spinach, red onion, mushrooms.
- Put all the dough ingredients in the bread machine (in order listed, through the yeast), and push the dough button. All machines are different but mine takes about 1½ hours.
- While you are waiting for the dough to be done, you can prepare the ingredients.
- After the dough is ready, preheat oven to 400 degrees, and sprinkle flour onto a large surface where you can roll the dough out. Put flour on the rolling pin too. The dough will be sticky, knead it several times before rolling it out. I found best results after kneading the dough a lot.
- Grease a large pizza pan, roll the dough out and carefully transfer onto the pizza pan. This part is tricky. I have had success and I have failed and had to start over. Practice makes perfect! ;)
- Prick the dough with a toothpick and add the pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Check after 10 min.
- Wait 5 min before cutting and serving.
My daughter (9 at the time) rolling out the pizza dough:
This is typically what we use for toppings. Half ham & pineapple, half uncured pepperoni, olives, and bell peppers:
A healthier version with spinach and zucchini added:
And my kids like to take pizza for lunch sometimes (warm or cold):
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