This has been a long time coming. Like, so many years of buying, cooking, and eating store bought pizza because I have been too lazy to make my own. Well, believe me, I have felt crazy guilt when purchasing frozen pizzas (damn you four years of Catholic school!) but never did anything to dissuade that guilt… until now.
I FINALLY did it, I made my own frozen pizzas and will never, ever go back to buying pre-made. Not only is homemade pizza healthier and just better tasting, it’s also way more cost effective than store bought. Jake (boyfriend) said, and I quote, “this is way better than frozen pizza” and if there’s really only one thing you need to know about Jake it’s that he loves pizza, like l.o.v.e.s. Ugh, so much guilt, guys, so much.
This whole process really isn’t as daunting as you may think, or maybe you don’t think that and only I do. All that’s required is making the dough (easy), par-baking the crust (peasy), and freezing (pudding pie).
If you’ve never made bread dough don’t worry, there is really nothing to pizza dough. The recipe I used is as basic as it gets and makes a delicious, light crust.
Topped with your favorite sauce, cheese, meat, veggies, or whatever, and you’re set for a night where you really don’t have the energy to cook but want something homemade.
Ingredients- makes two pizzas
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
1. In a large bowl, sift flour and whisk in yeast and salt. Make a small well in the middle and add water and oil. Mix with a rubber spatula to form a sticky dough.
2. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll dough out. Knead dough for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover dough (in a bowl) with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let dough rise for about an hour or til double in size.
3. Once risen, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Punch dough down and roll out on to lightly floured surface to desired size and thickness. I applaud you if you can make a round pizza crust.
4. Bake crust on a cookie sheet for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the top is dry but crust is still pale.
5. Let cool completely before topping. Note: you can also just freeze the par-baked crust and top when you’re ready to eat.
6. Top with you favs and place pizza in freezer for about 3 hours until completely frozen.
7. Once frozen, wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to ensure no freezer burn.
8. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes. Enjoy on a lazy night!