May 04 2012

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Pizza Friday

It’s Friday, and, for us, that means pizza for dinner. I don’t know how or when Pizza Friday started, but that is what my family plans on having for dinner. We usually make our own pizzas. Currently, I make one batch of dough equaling two large pizzas: one veggie and one Hawaiian. I use pre-made spaghetti sauce (although I have seen some great pizza sauce recipes).

Here is my recipe for pizza dough (adapted from the Wycliffe International Cookbook–which I highly recommend):

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough


  • 1 cup +2 Tbl. warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 Tbl Italian Seasonings
  • 1 Tbl parmesan cheese


  1. Combine and set aside water, yeast and sugar for 5 minutes in mixing bowl.
  2. Mix flour and salt. Add to mixing bowl. Begin mixing with kneading hook. Add olive oil, seasonings and parmesan.Knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Coat dough with oil. Cover with a wet dish towel (in bowl and not touching dough) and let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place.
  4. Preheat oven to 500 F.
  5. Punch down dough and separate into two balls.
  6. Roll out dough into two pizzas.
  7. Put pizzas onto lightly greased pizza pan.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Top pizza crust with sauce, cheese and other toppings.
  10. Bake for 5-10 minutes.


At times I have divided the dough into six balls (because there are six of us) to make six individual pizzas. Another time, I used the smaller balls to make calzones. The dough freezes (baked or unbaked), so I have the freedom to make pizza night a bit easier by making it ahead of time.

Please let me know if you give it a try. Do you have a pizza night? Do you have a favorite pizza sauce? Do share.

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