Easy Homemade Pizza

DSC_0790_2This is a wonderful recipe to make with kids (or kids at heart!).  There is something so satisfying about squishing into a big bowl of sticky dough.  If you have yet to try making your own bread dough, this is a great recipe to start with.  It’s forgiving, simple, and delicious! A great idea for family night is to put out a variety of toppings and have each person make their own mini pizza.  Kids seem to really appreciate being involved in their dinner making and it’s an ideal opportunity to introduce them to new ingredients. This recipe is easily halved, doubled, quadrupled, etc.  It can easily be made in a food processor with the dough processing attachment, or in a KitchenAid stand mixer with the dough hook (although that does take a bit of the fun out of it 😉 ) If you would like to freeze the dough, do so after your 1st rise.  It will sit happily in the freezer for about 3 months.  When ready to use: defrost in the fridge overnight, let come to room temperature and proceed. DSC_0788_2 DSC_0785 DSC_0773 DSC_0771_2 Easy Homemade Pizza: Makes 1 extra large (16-inch) pizza or 2 medium (8-inch) pizzas Dough: – 1 teaspoon sugar – 2 cups all purpose flour – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 cup warm water – 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast Combine the 1st 3 ingredients and make a well in the centre.  Add the water and yeast.  Stir to combine.  Really get in there and use your hands! Knead the dough until it holds together in a soft ball. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and set aside in a draft-free area.  I like to use my turned off oven, with the light on.  Let your dough rise for 30 minutes.  If you are making this with little ones, encourage them to check on the dough and monitor the process. After this first rise, punch the dough down (this seems to be the highlight for kids lol) Press into your oiled pizza or baking pan (I love to use my homemade or store bought sauce.  Add your favourite toppings and a layer of grated cheese.  To keep this vegan use Daiya, however, I prefer to use a bit of the real thing.  Bake at 450 degrees until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown in spots. DSC_0819_2 *The topping choices are endless.  Right now my favorites are roasted red peppers, paper thin slices of red onion, spinach and mushrooms 🙂 Enjoy ❤ ❤

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