I grew up eating homemade pizza every Friday night. We didn’t have alot of money for takeout, but my mom made the best pizza , so much so that my siblings and I always fought over who would get to choose the first piece! This recipe is used by everyone in my family and it’s yum! We use the same recipe for pizza dough and stromboli, and it’s delicious.
2 1/2 cups warm (not hot) water
1 Tablespoon (or one packet) of yeast
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (now others in my family use more like 2 tsp. but I prefer less salt)
Put in a large bowl and let set for 5-10 minutes so the yeast gets started.
Then add about 5 1/2 cups of flour (I prefer all white flour but you could use a combination of white and wheat, which I actually did this time because I ran out of white).
Stir with a spoon and see if it is still too wet; if it is, add 1/2 cup more flour. Then use your hands to mix
the dough. If it is still sticky add 1/4 cup of flour till you have a slightly “dry” dough. Knead for a couple of minutes and then form into a ball. Pour a tablespoon of oil into the bowl, and use the dough to oil the sides of the bowl.
(You can use your mixer dough hook and mix the dough instead, but I prefer doing it by hand, because I think it makes the crust nice and light.)
Then cover with a towel and put in a warm non drafty spot, and let raise for 1 1/2 hours.
For pizza: Spread dough in pizza pans. This amount will make 2 large thick crust pizzas or 3 thin crust pizzas.
After spreading dough out, let it sit and raise again for an hour. Then top with sauce, toppings and cheese, and then bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown on top and bottom.
For stromboli: Divide dough in two. You can make two large strombolis or one stromboli and one pizza.
Spread out the dough on a rectangle pizza pan.
Stromboli filling options:
Pesto sauce, chicken and cheese
Ham and cheese
Pepperoni and cheese
Chicken and cheese
Italian sausage and cheese
Any combination that sounds good to you
(I have personally tried all of these and can attest to their deliciousness!)
Spread out your ingredients of choice. I used pesto sauce, then chicken, and then cheese.
Now you are ready to roll the dough.
Roll the dough lengthwise tucking in the ingredients. When it’s all rolled up, seal the edges.