One of our favorite things to make at home has always been pizza. I found an amazing and super easy pizza dough crust years ago on pinterest and it’s been my go to ever since. If you’re like me and the majority of your recipes come from Pinterest, I recommend that you transfer them to a physical recipe book so that you can always have them on hand. This recipe for instance, the link doesn’t work anymore so I can’t give credit where it’s due. Luckily I scribbled it down in my recipe book a long time ago. What I love about it is that it’s a dump and mix recipe. You don’t have to worry about dissolving your yeast in water first or anything like that. Dump. Mix. Rise. That’s it.
Making the dough: “Explain it to me like I’m Five”
Remember that episode of the office where Michael needs Oscar to explain the budget excess to him like he’s ten, and then like he’s 5? Yeah, that’s how I used to feel about making dough. There’s so much science that goes into baking and I always get so nervous that I’m going to mess it up. Then someone did explain it to me like I was 5. A woman from church was telling me about her little tips and tricks on making her famous cinnamon rolls. What stuck with me is that she said when she’s teaching her daughters to make the dough, she doesn’t let them measure the water. Because so many things can change the amount water needed (temp, altitude, humidity) but ultimately, the dough should always look the same. When you have all of your other ingredients in the mixer, You want to add just enough water to the dough that it forms a ball and it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Anymore and the dough will be too sticky (this will be pretty obvious) any less and the dough will look lumpy and not well incorporated.
After forming the dough, leave it in the bowl, cover it with a moist paper towel, and let it rise for one hour. It should double in size, like this before, then after:
Now you’re ready to make a pizza, or calzones, or breadsticks. Just for reference, this makes roughly two large pizzas or about four large calzones, or eight small calzones. Split the dough in half. Flour your surface, flour your rolling pin. Err on the side of too much flour. Then it’s pretty simple! Just roll out the dough to match the size of pan you’re using, Lately, we like to get fancy and cut up string cheese sticks to stuff the crusts with. you could also use cut up mozzarella. We tried shredded mozzarella once and it’s too messy to easily get a clean seam. We laid out the dough, put the cheese in a circle on the outer rim, then brushed a little line of egg wash beneath that to hold the dough once we folded it over. What’s nice about this is it makes the pizza a little smaller so that it fits perfectly on to the paddle we use to transfer it on to the grill.
Cooking: So you can do this however you would like. You can throw it in the oven, we like to smoke ours on the pellet grill. You could also do wood stove if you have one of those. You can’t on regular charcoal/propane grills though because they won’t distribute the heat evenly and consistently enough. That’s where you get burnt doughy pizza. Oven is pretty simple, 350, bake about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust looks done. If you have a pellet grill or wood burning oven, There are a few more things you should know before starting. You will want to use corn meal on the paddle you use to transfer. The larger the grit the better. These will act like tiny ball bearings to easily transfer. It’s easiest if you go in this order: Corn meal on the paddle, lay the rolled out dough on top of the paddle, do your stuffed crust, then toppings. Then you’ll slide it on to the grill, easy!
Toppings! Not much to say about this. You can do anything you would like. Some of our favorite combos are sausage, pepperoni, olives, and onions or BBQ sauce, chicken, jalapeño, and red onion. We always do cheese, toppings, and more cheese plus a little shredded parmesan.
Heat the grill to 450 and cook until done, about 20-25 minutes.
This is by far the prettiest pizza we ever made, and definitely the most tasty!
Ingredients for the dough
- 3 cups flour
- 1.5 TBS sugar
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1 cup water, plus a little more
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a ball. Cover with a most cloth or paper towel and allow to rise for one hour.