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Tammy's Easy Pizza

Recipe Name: 
Tammy's Easy Pizza
Picture: 
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Description: 

A soft pizza dough recipe, topped with your favorite pizza toppings and baked

Yield: 

12-16 slices

Ingredients: 

Crust Ingredients:

3/4 cup water (110-115 degrees, preferably)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 Tablesppoons butter, melted or very softened
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yeast

Other Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pizza sauce
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced onions, optional
chopped bell peppers, optional
turkey pepperoni, fried turkey bacon, or fried hamburger, optional
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon basil
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

1. If using a bread machine to make pizza dough, put ingredients in bread machine in order listed and set to dough setting.

If making dough by hand, mix water, butter, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add part of the flour and stir. Add the rest of the flour and the yeast, and stir into a dough. Knead for 6-8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Set dough in bowl and grease the top. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.*

2. After dough has risen the first time, punch down and knead until air bubbles are removed.

3. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan, and press dough onto pan. Carefully lift one-half of the crust and fold over (to expose half of the pizza pan). Sprinkle 1/2 Tablespoon cornmeal over pan. Lay crust back in place and repeat on other half, so that there is cornmeal sprinkled between entire layer of crust and pan.

4. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over top of crust and then spread with 1 cup pizza sauce. Sprinkle on cheese and any optional toppings desired. Sprinkle on oregano, basil, and parmesan cheese last.

5.** Place pizza in oven and turn heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes; rotate crust and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until top is browned. (Be sure to watch so it doesn't burn; every oven is different!)

6. When pizza is browned, turn off heat and open oven door. Leave pizza in oven until ready to serve. Then remove from oven, cut, and serve. If there is leftover pizza, we often put the pieces directly on a cooling rack to cool, which prevents condensation forming between the crust and pan.

 

Tammy's Easy Pizza

 

Tammy's Easy Pizza (unbaked)

Tammy's Easy Pizza
Additional Notes: 

Click here for a video demonstration of me making this pizza! :)

*If you're short on time, you can skip this rise and just press your freshly-kneaded dough onto the pan and continue with the recipe.

*Alternate baking directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake pizza for 15 minutes on the bottom rack, or until browned. (Baking on the top or middle racks could result in an under-cooked crust.)

 

Tammy's Easy Pizza

 

Click here for a price breakdown of this easy pizza recipe! :)

Preparation Time: 

30-40 minutes + rising time

Cooking Time: 

15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This is a wonderful soft homemade pizza dough recipe. We created this recipe because we wanted a pizza crust that didn't need to be pre-baked.

Don't load up this pizza with too many toppings, or it will be soggy and undercooked. The amount of cheese on the recipe should be plenty, even for those who love extra cheese. :) To be sure that the crust is thoroughly cooked, I like to leave the pizza in the oven (turned off, with the door ajar) for 5-10 minutes after the baking time is complete.

This is a delicious homemade pizza recipe which we think rivals pizza from restaurants :D The crust is just SO good!! My rating: 10/10

This recipe was featured in 10 Fabulous Foods We Make At Home (Not Buy!) :)

Average vote based on 23 reviews.
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10
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Awesome!!!

This was my first time making a homemade pizza with a homemade dough. It turned out sooo well!! When we usually get pizza (not very often)...it would end up costing around $20..this is much more economical! I did have to put mine back in the oven for about five more minutes because the crust was still doughy....and I almost burned it :) I used a pizza stone but I think I will purchase one of those metal pizza pans with the perforated holes...I definitely would like the crust to be more crispy....
Amy



10
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Mmmm, so good

This worked perfectly, although I did use a pizza stone... but a wonderful recipe for sure. I am wondering if I can make this dough ahead and freeze it? Would I need to freeze it before or after the rise?



10
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Easy Peasy!

I've made this recipe 3 times now and it's been perfect every time. I make it in the bread maker to save effort. I've made 2 pizzas and some savory scrolls with ham and cheese for school lunches. Rave reviews from kids and hubby :o) Thank you!



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10

It is a very good pizza crust.It holds up good and has a great flavor.I have started making it in the bread machine and so easy!



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Excellent!

My kids had a friend spend the night the first time I made this. He doesn't like *anything* I make...even sweet things...because he's used to the packaged and fast foods. But he ate this up and told me I was a great cook and it was the best pizza ever!! Of course my kids and I loved it too. Unfortunately for my husband, he was working and when he got home there was only one piece left for him. lol oops Great recipe! I've made it sort of a tradition now to make pizza for Shabbat because it's a nice treat for the kids.



10
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Pizza Tips Baking Thicker Crusts

Can't wait to try this recipe! I have dough recipe that is similar, but is a bit more work.

One tip that I got from my favorite pizza recipe is to add the cheese later on in the cooking process, so it has time to just melt and brown. The cheese has a high moisture content, and seals this in as it melts, which can cause the center of your pizza to be doughy (especially if you like a thicker crust.)

I also like to mix some spices into the dough, and brush the shaped crust with (fresh) garlic olive oil before topping it. YUM!

Another thing that I do, is to preheat the oven to 450 with a baking stone in place. You have to slide the prepared pizza onto the super hot stone, and it takes a little finesse and defintely the corn meal. :) But it makes a super crisp, brick oven style crust. I have a pizza peale that I recieved as a gift, and that's what we use to make our pizza's on, and then slide them onto the stone.

Pizza is one of our favorite meals to make together as a family. We're trying to learn how to toss the dough :) which always makes for some laughs, and a few holes in the crust ;)



10
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Great and easy

I've made this twice now and have been really happy with the results. I've just started experimenting with homemade pizza and this crust is very easy to make and turns out great. We have a couple of smaller pizza pans and we like our crust thin so I divided the dough into two pizzas.



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Yay!!

**Update, made this AGAIN tonight, divided the dough into two pizzas, and it was PHENOMENAL! And we do love ordering out pizza, not cheap stuff like Domino's, but really good local stuff (Chicago) and tonight's pizza was BETTER. Thank you!!

This is great Tammy! Now, I've been making homemade pizza for a while now, and it's always, well, shall we say, so so. However, today's pizza, my daughter exclaimed, "I didn't know you can make pizza from scratch! This is GREAT!" I think the difference is the amount of cheese (it seems like so much!)



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Easy and delicious

We never made homemade pizza because I always had the idea that pizza dough must be something very difficult with high desaster-potential. But this recipe is easy!!! It just took me about 5 minutes to make the dough that was fantastic!! And the fun my husband and I had to choose our favorite toppings! Thank you!!!



10
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The Best Pizza Ever!

I 've made this recipe 4 times now, an it turns out perfectly each time! I've attempted LOTS of homemade pizza recipes, with little sucess... but not your recipe!!!! This was the best pizza I've ever made ~thanks to you!!! :) I spread it out like your directions say,(only I use my pizza stone). I will definitely be making this recipe from now on!



10
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Super Yumm!

Wow! You have ruined commercial pizza for me forever! I tried a few different prep's - since I work out of the home some days, I prepared the dough in the morning and let it sit all day in a warm spot, and I didn't have too much difficulty using it to make two bases when I got home. But I tried something different today - I rolled it out, put it on trays and covered it to (hopefully!) rise all day. I'm sure it'll work out. It was much easier to roll out this way.
Thank you Tammy!



10
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Oh So Easy!

This is so good!! I have had trouble finding a crust that will hold up to the toppings. When you pick it up, the crust would sag and the toppings fell off. It did not happen with this crust. I did a double batch and then made three crusts out of it. Just follow the directions and you cant mess this up. It sure is better than what I have been making. Thank you Tammy for the recipe.



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Homemade pizza is back on the menu :)

This is far and above THE best homemade pizza I have ever tasted! My oldest daughter was thrilled because she loves to make pizza at home but I really disliked "wasting" the ingredients on soggy pizzas :P. Now homemade pizza is back on the menu :). That said, I guess I haven't gotten very efficient at it yet because it is still so much easier to order carry-out when I'm really worn out or we just want a quick and easy but filling meal. It seems to take me forever to put this together for some reason, I'm working on it though :).



10
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Brilliant

We had this last night and it was delicious. I'd never made my own pizza before and wasn't sure how it would come out, but it was great. And so easy too. I put only vegetables on it, and lots of cheese, and we really loved it!
Thanks for your wonderful recipes :)



10
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Just right

I have made homemade pizza before and it was so-so. My oldest said it was better than from Papa John's (ok, maybe he wants something but still...)I couldn't use the cornmeal on the bottom but recently purchased a pizza pan with holes in the bottom. The crust was just right; crispy and not at all soggy. The dough was delightful to work with. I will definitely make this again and now I don't have to hear the kids complain because I won't order out for pizza. Next time I'll sneak in a little whole wheat.



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Delicious!

This pizza turned out wonderfully, and I did follow the suggestions for Italian seasonings and oil in the dough. I'll be adding this to our regular menu.



10
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Finally!

I have tried this recipe once with white flour (we do not use a lot of this) and it just wasn't what I was looking for. I then tried another recipe and had to come back to this! I used whole wheat (ground at home...not sure it would taste good with store bought wheat) and added some of my homemade Italian dressing to the butter in the dough and it turned out very very good. I was searching for something I could make a very thin crust for hubby and I finally found exactly what I was looking for. I doubled the recipe and made one regular and split the other batch in two pizza's for a thin crust. It was just right. I prebaked the first thin crust and didn't the second. The second one I rolled out on a very hot stone and that one turned out better than the prebaked one. It was so so so so good! Thanks
Shorty



9
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very good!

We really enjoyed this pizza crust!! It is the best homemade pizza I've had. My only complaint is that it was somewhat hard to spread in the pan. But we persevered and the end result was more than worth it!!! :D



10
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Delicious

My husband and I LOVED this pizza dough. It rose beautifully in the oven and turned out a great thick crust, just the way we like it. 10/10, definitely.

Something you might consider is adding a few Italian spices to the pizza dough itself, just to give it a more robust flavor.



10
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A favorite at our house

I've been making a recipe just like this and I find it to be very frugal and high quality. Sometimes, if the dough rises enthusiastically, I can get two twelve-inch slightly thinner crust pizzas. Beautiful pizza!



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"Fantastic," says my family

I was delighted with how the pizza turned out. It was the best crust I have ever made and the pizza was delicious!!



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Tracy

This pizza crust was fantastic. I made it in the bread maker. We made one a little thicker than the other and they were both GREAT!



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Yum!

Wonderful pizza... better than ordering out!! :) Please see the recipe above for my complete review! Thanks! ~Tammy