One of our family food traditions is Friday night homemade pizza night. Growing up, we had pizza for dinner on Fridays too so I love carrying on this tradition in my own family. When I was first married and didn’t really know how to cook yet, I totally went the frozen pizza route. But then when I learned more about the art of homemade bread and pizza dough, I was hooked. (dough hook pun intended)
I used a different dough recipe for the longest time then tried this Garlic Bread Pizza Crust recipe once and loved it. I tweaked and simplified it a bit along the way and now it’s my go-to pizza dough recipe every week. If you’re new to homemade dough and using yeast, please don’t be intimidated! If you just make sure to keep the warm water at the right temperature, there’s not much that can go wrong with this recipe. (knock on wood) It’s pretty resilient!
One major plus for this recipe is that it makes enough dough for two pizzas. Score!! Right now, I just use half of it for a full round pizza that Jason and I share and then I use a little portion to make a tiny pizza for Clare on a mini cast iron skillet. This is a huge advantage because then I just have to make the dough every other week and simply freeze the other half. Then as our family grows or if we have company over, I don’t have to double the recipe. At least not yet!
To freeze the dough for later use, simply put it in a Ziplock bag that’s been sprayed with a little non-stick spray on the inside to keep it from sticking. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and pop it in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it, set out the bag at room temperature for about 4-5 hours or keep it overnight in the refrigerator to defrost. Since I’m home during the day, I always just take it out of the freezer during Clare’s nap time, set it on the counter, and it’s back to life in time for dinner!
Also, I love the added garlic and basil flavor in the dough but if that’s not your thing, you can totally keep it simple and leave them out. Or add other herbs/flavors if you want to mix it up!
Another tip is that you can use the same dough recipe to make homemade stromboli. Again, just use half of the dough and spread it out into a rectangle on a prepared baking sheet. Top it with any sort of meat/cheese/veggies you like. My usual is turkey deli meat and/or pepperoni, sliced mozzarella or provolone, then a sprinkle of garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Roll it up and keep it seam down on the pan. Pinch the ends with a fork or your fingers, sprinkle a little more Italian seasoning on top, and prick a few holes on the top with a fork to let the air out while it cooks. Bake it at 375 degrees F for the same 22-25 minutes until it’s crisp and brown on the outside. Let it sit and cool for a few minutes then slice it with a knife or pizza cutter and serve with some pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.
I hope that yall enjoy this recipe and maybe make Friday night homemade pizzas a thing in your home too!
Garlic Basil Pizza Dough
1 1/8 cups warm water (100-105 degrees F)
3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
Whatever pizza sauce and toppings you want!
Yield: 2 pizzas
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil. Mix it with a spoon, then let it sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the flour, salt, garlic powder, and dried basil. Mix it with a dough hook (preferred), stir with a spoon, or mix with your hands until the dough comes together. It should be smooth, not sticky. Spray the same bowl with non-stick spray then place the dough inside. Cover the bowl with a light towel and place it in a warm place to rise for at least 1 1/2 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. After the dough has risen, using a rolling pin or your hands, form it into your desired shape on a greased pizza/baking pan. Place the towel back over the dough and let it sit in the warm place for 10 more minutes before topping.
Continue to make the pizza with your desired sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza for 22-25 minutes or until the crust and cheese are both golden. Let the pizza set for a minute, then slice and serve! (see above for stromboli directions)
Source: Adapted from How Sweet Eats