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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Best Pizza Dough Recipe Ever

We have become very spoiled with the convenience of ordering take out or delivery pizza.  It always happens when I don't plan the menu, I had a hard day at work, or I just don't feel like cooking.  I've got a pile of pizza coupons laying around and Dominos or Papa John's is just a phone call away.

Several months ago, I saw a pizza dough recipe on my all time favorite blog, Moneysavingmom.com and I decided that if Crystal said it was easy and delicious, then it just had to be.  And the bonus was that the dough could be frozen which makes it even better!

After the first try, the entire family agreed that this recipe was a winner.  My favorite part is that it's super easy, cheap to make, and I know what ingredients are going into the dough.  The best part about switching over to homemade pizza is that I can't remember the last time I called Papa John's or Dominos. 

Freezer-Friendly Homemade Pizza Dough

  • 2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
  • 2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons oil (vegetable, Canola, or olive oil)
  • 5 cups flour (can use all whole-wheat, half white/half whole-wheat, or all white)
Pour the warm water into a bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Stir to dissolve.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
Dump onto a floured surface and knead dough for two to five minutes until smooth and no longer sticky.
To freeze: Cut lump of dough in half and place each half in an airtight freezer bag. Freeze for up to 4-6 weeks.
To bake: Place frozen dough in a greased bowl and thaw at room temperature for at least 3-4 hours. Roll out and shape onto a greased pizza pan.
Add pizza toppings of your choice. Bake at 500 degrees for around 10 minutes (until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned).
If you don’t want to mess with freezing the dough, take the kneaded dough and roll out and shape onto a greased pizza pan. Add pizza toppings and bake as directed above.

I keep it really simple and use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce (whatever is on sale).  One of these days I'll master my own homemade pizza sauce but until then, store bought works just fine.  Our all time favorite pizza toppings are black olives and bacon!

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