Last summer my daughter decided to bring a huge group of friends over after they had all gone to the movies. It was dinnertime and I panicked because over half of those kids were teenage boys and by that I mean hungry, teenage boys! Which means more than twice the food as a group of girls would normally eat.
Kids usually all love pizza but I didn’t feel like we had time to wait about an hour for delivery to come. So thankfully I knew I had all of the ingredients for pizzas (which I always have on hand) and pizza dough that only takes about 5 minutes with no rising needed! Best idea ever. And yes, you read that right, just 5 minutes. This recipe is so divers, in fact I’ve used it for my homemade rolls recipe and my cinnamon rolls recipe. It really is just the perfect dough. And I love a bread dough that’s quick and easy. I don’t have time in my schedule to wait 3-4 hours for double rising times. This recipe just fits perfectly into my dinnertime routine.
This recipe makes exactly three 14″ pizzas. Or you can divide the dough for smaller pizzas. I love to use this pizza crisper pan for my pizzas. The holes in the pan help create a crispier crust. I use my kitchenaid for mixing the dough, you can use a food processor or a bosch mixer. I don’t personally recommend mixing by hand but you certainly can. To begin, pre-heat your oven to 550º. This is essential to achieve a pizza with a crispier crust and it will cook in 5-6 minutes. Measure out all the ingredients with the exception of the water. I like to measure out the water right before adding it. A key ingredient is the instant yeast. I use the brand SAF but Red Star brand is good also. Add the bread flour, along with the dry ingredients including the yeast, salt and sugar. Mix on low speed for 1 minutes to combine ingredients.
Measure out the 2 cups of hot water. Add the 1 1/2 T of extra virgin olive oil and turn the mixer on low, speed number 2 on a kitchen aid and slowly add the water, ensuring you disperse it evenly throughout the bowl. Mix on low speed for 4-5 minutes. You may want to stop the bowl halfway through to ensure there is no traces of flour at the bottom of the bowl. If the dough seems a bit dry, add more water only a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be slightly sticky and stick to your fingers a bit when you grab the dough.
Remove the dough from the bowl. With this dough, you actually want to keep it a bit moist as you roll it out, so I like to add a bit of oil or cooking spray to the counter to manage the dough easily. Shape the dough into a large round ball.
Cut the dough into three even pieces, about 15 oz for each piece. You can also cut the dough into fourths, or however big you’d like your pizza.
Roll out the dough into a large, round circle and transfer to a pizza pan. Shape the dough to fit the pan, leaving the edges rounded up higher on the sides. I like to pierce the dough on the bottom with a fork, so that the dough doesn’t puff up while baking.
Place pizza sauce and toppings of your choice and your pizza is ready. It’s so quick and easy but most of all so good!
You only bake the pizza for 5-6 minutes. After removing the pizza from the oven, I like to transfer it to a pizza peel for easy slicing. If you aren’t making the pizza right away, alternatively you can freeze the dough in plastic bags for up to two weeks.
My family prefers a basic pepperoni pizza, my personal favorite is a pizza with very little sauce, tomatoes , fresh arugula, kalamata olives and a touch of feta cheese! Enjoy!