Ok, so I know it is Christmas time and you might be wondering why in the world would I be posting a recipe for homemade pizza, right? Well the reason is simple. Pizza is quick and fun to make. Everyone loves pizza so when we are busy, and at Christmas time that is a lot of nights, this is our go to meal. Sure you can buy frozen pizzas or pre-made pizza kits but this is just as quick and sooooo much tastier.
So before I get into the pizza recipe, I first need to tell you why and how we make the dough. In our family, we are in love with bread. Bread of almost any kind. I have always wanted to be the kind of mom who had homemade bread everyday, not only for the fact that homemade bread is so yummy, but that it is healthier. However, it just was not something I could fit into our day, even with a bread maker.
I found out about this amazingly quick and delicious bread recipe from the cookbook, The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, last year and just fell in love with how simple it is to keep up with. There is NO KNEADING in this recipe and has only 4 ingredients. Yup, no kneading. So simple! And best of all, the recipe makes enough for lots of loaves. Don’t worry, there is no need in cook them all at once, as the dough can keep for 14 days in the fridge! We have gotten to the point that we have a bucket of bread dough in our fridge at all times.
Check out the basic recipe on the Artisan Bread in Five website, with lots of pictures to walk you through the process. Here is a video of Jeff and Zoe making the basic dough. I know I always learn better by watching.
From the basic bread dough recipe we are able to make this amazing pizza, along with lots of other yummy foods (like cinnamon rolls, yum). Since we only need a small bit of the dough for the pizza, you will have plenty left over in the fridge for bread the next day, or more pizza if you dare. I should tell you that from everyone that has tried our pizza, they have LOVED it. The thick, corn meal coated crust, is great, but the seasoning on top of it, is what gives it so much flavor.
I hope the next time you are in a rush to put some food on the table, you will turn to this amazingly yummy and quick pizza recipe. Enjoy!
Seasoned Pan Pizza
Amazing, deep dish, homemade pizza with a seasoned crust.
Mix the salt, oregano, garlic powder and parsley together in a small cup. (This is your crust seasoning mix. We make up a bunch of this and keep it in a shaker container for future use, to make this quick meal even quicker.)
Dump the corn meal onto the pizza pan without oiling the pan. Spread the corn meal all over, covering the pan. (The corn meal will keep the dough from sticking to the pan and add flavor.)
Stretch the dough to fit the pan. (It is okay if you can't get it quite right. If this is the case, put the dough down on the pan and with your fingers pull the dough to the edges, going in a circle. Continue this until you get the shape you are looking for.)
TIP: flour your hands throughout the process of stretching the dough, to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
With your fingers, create a crust edge to the dough.
Add the sauce and spread it around, making sure to keep it off the outer crust.
Add the cheese and any other toppings you want on your pizza.
Melt the butter.
Using a basting brush, brush the butter onto the outer crust.
Sprinkle the seasoning mix, you made earlier, onto the outer crust.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown.