Homemade Pizza (pre-baked crust)

Homemade Pizza (pre-baked crust)

A  tasty homemade crust topped with all your favorite toppings.

Yield: 

8 servings

Ingredients: 

For pizza crust:

1 c warm water
1 t salt
3 c flour
1 T dry yeast

Here are some of our choice toppings:

Homemade pizza sauce
Green peppers, diced
Red onions, sliced and then cut into halves, put on last
Turkey pepperoni
Turkey pastrami, cut into small pieces and sprinkled on
Turkey bacon, cut into bits and fried first
Ground beef, fried with onions and crumbled
Feta cheese, crumbled
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Crushed red pepper

Instructions: 

1. Put crust ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Set to dough setting and begin.

2. After about 30 minutes, you should have a nice dough. Turn off breadmachine (unless you started really early and want to let it do the entire dough setting, which includes an --optional for pizza crust-- second rise) and remove your dough.

3. Grease your cookie sheet/s (I like to use two 10.5" x 15" jelly roll pans), divide dough, and using a little flour, roll out into crust. Put dough onto sheets and cover with a towel. Set in a warm place (I like to turn on the oven for a minute or two, then turn off, and set inside). Let rise about 25-35 minutes, depending on how fluffy you want your crust to be.

4. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake crusts for 7-10 minutes, depending on how thick you made them and how crispy or soft you like your pizza crust. This is just a pre-bake, to ensure a nice, fully-cooked pizza crust.

5. While crust is baking, chop green peppers and onions, shred cheese, open sauce, prepare meat, etc. When crust has baked (don't let it get too browned though!) remove from oven. Put sauce, cheese, and toppings on, and then bake for 20 more minutes. Enjoy!

Our homemade pizza
Additional Notes: 

From the time I start the crust until the pizza is finished, it's usually at least 2 hours. However, I would guess my actual time spent working on it is only 25-30 minutes.

We like to put our ingredients on in this order: sauce, crushed red pepper, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, meat, and onions. Having some toppings put on after the mozzarella cheese gives them a delicious slightly-dried, crispy texture.

This recipe makes one large thick round crust, two medium-thin rectangular crusts (10.5 x 15 inch), or whatever variety and sizes of pans you have :).

You can also prepare the crusts and pre-bake. Allow to cool and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for later use. It's so easy to make a quick pizza when you can just pull the crust out of the freezer and top!

Preparation Time: 

30min

Cooking Time: 

25min

Tammy's Review: 

I rated this recipe 10/10, because it's a consistently tasty way to prepare pizza. We've experimented a lot with crust thicknesses, crust recipes, and topping orders, and always come back to this crust recipe. Having a bread machine makes it a snap to mix, too!

Comments

I confess: I quite enjoy a cheesy, greasy pizza from pizza specialty shops. While most commodity pizzas are not very good, a specialty shop is hard to beat. They seem to know all the little tricks (crust, cheese, cooking temperature, etc) to make the perfect pizza. Unfortunately most of us do not have ovens that reach 500-800 degrees nor the ability to toss pizza dough.

That said, it is hard to be negative when talking about this recipe. The crust has an excellent flavor and can be adjusted for thicker or thinner crusts, based on preference (just roll it out thinner for a thin, crispier crust). Personally I enjoy the crust lightly buttered and salted to mimick the effect of cooking it on a pizza stone at high temperatures. This crust is an excellent foundation for a topping packed pizza.

The best part of the recipe has to be the sauce. Tammy's homemade sauce is rich and bursting with garden fresh flavor. And of course you can top this pizza however you want (extra cheese please!).

This recipe gets a high score because it "just works" -- and tastes great doing so. The ability to freeze your pre-baked crusts is an added convenience and the pizza itself is substantially cheaper than buying a $10+ pie from a commodity pizza place.

If you are looking for an easy to make homemade pizza recipe I suggest that you try this recipe. It makes for a nice meal and the leftovers are great for breakfast or a snack!

Rating: 
5

See my review above at the end of the recipe. ~ Tammy

Rating: 
5

This pizza made with Italian bread crust is hard to beat. It goes well with pizza toppings and tastes perfect. I would definitely recommend this crust recipe to anyone making homemade pizza!

Rating: 
5

Tammy! That's what my husband told me. He loved it! Even though it didn't cook all the way through..I just don't do well with pre-bake ones..it still tasted wonderful. Also, I was reluctant to try cus it didn't ask for oil or sugar. This one is definetly a keeper. Thank you so much.
Ping

Rating: 
5

I have tried many different crusts from the internet. This is the best so far. It is simple, easy to remember and pretty quick to whip-up. I made it exactly as written, except I made one large pizza. It was so good that I turned around and made another right afterwards.

My pizza was every bit of 16" and the crust came out to a medium thickness that took only 13 minutes to cook. My only toppings were cheese and pepperoni. Thanks for the Recipe.

Rating: 
5

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