quick pizza dough

We make homemade pizza weekly. And for years we’ve made our pizza dough in the bread machine. You can find our recipe here. Over the weekend, my daughter asked if we could make homemade pizza for dinner, only an hour before dinner time. No way. Not enough time. But wait … she had found a recipe online for quick pizza dough and wanted to give it a try. How could I say no to that!

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It really was quick. Start to finish — dough to slicing the pizza — less than one hour. And the dough was fluffy and light and perfect! A new favorite pizza dough, perfect for last minute pizza cravings!

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*Recipe source here: Everybody Likes Sandwiches  (In that version, there is an added ingredient of 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary, which we did not include. If you haven’t clicked that link yet, what are you waiting for???? Excellent site … go … now! But then come back here, okay? Thanks!)

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Quick Pizza Dough

1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups flour (we used unbleached all-purpose flour)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

cornmeal

pizza toppings of your choice (we used a tomato sauce we had on hand, mozzarella cheese, and finished it off with dried basil and oregano)

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Heat oven to 400F.

In a large bowl, add in the yeast and warm water and stir until the yeast dissolves.

Add the flour, salt, honey, and olive oil and stir with a wooden spoon or similar utensil vigorously until combined.

The photos below illustrate how vigorously my daughter stirred this:

Let dough rest for 10 minutes. (*Note: You can allow this to sit a little longer, if you’re busy or the phone rings or whatever, but we’ve found that the closer to 10 minutes, the better!)

Sprinkle cornmeal onto a baking sheet, pizza pan or similar baking pan and press dough until your desired thinness. (*Note: Dough may still be a bit sticky, but don’t worry, it will be okay.)

Add toppings of your choice.

Bake until pizza crust is golden and cheese is bubbly — ours took about 17 minutes.

Ready for the oven.

Out of the oven.

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