For many families the thought of making a homemade pizza seems fun, doable, and a great family activity to do together. However, if the taste and texture of the crust isn’t quite there then the reality is that it may not be worth the time, energy, or effort to make a homemade pizza. What I mean is that it needs to meet a minimum standard of pizza quality to keep a person from picking up the phone and ordering delivery.
Over the years I’ve experimented with different crust recipes. Some have been undeniably unacceptable, as in biscuit-type bread that may be good for breakfast sandwiches but not good for making pizza. A great crust is a key element in a great tasting pizza. It is literally the foundation everything else rests upon.
Since learning about no-knead bread a few years ago, the recipe I use now is a variation of this method. If you are considering making your own crust, this is a fantastic recipe to add to your collection. Using mostly whole-wheat flour and a touch of honey, this pizza dough is worth making pizza at home and skipping delivery.
No kneading is required and uses ingredients you likely have on hand. I recommend making the dough right before bed. It takes only 3 minutes to put together before covering the bowl with a damp cloth and letting it rest on the counter for the night. So when you sleep, the dough will also rest and work its magic.
Another key element to great pizza is to make sure to use quality ingredients, especially cheese. Quality ingredients equate to a quality pizza – which is what everyone wants, isn’t? Lastly, baking your pizza as hot as possible will give you that crusty outer layer but chewy inner layer type of crust great artisan pizzas are known for.
So grab your kids and make some homemade pizza dough tonight to use this weekend. Your kids will love making their own pizzas and you will feel like an accomplished artisan pizza maker. Yes, it is possible to make great pizza at home, and this recipe will help you. Below I have posted step-by-step photos to guide you. Enjoy!