With household budgets being cut, eating out is becoming more and more of a luxury. While many of the delicious dishes that you would eat at restaurants would be difficult to make, there is one meal that no one would ever turn down, at home or otherwise: pizza! Making your own basic pizza at home is easy, simple and pretty quick.
Here is what you’ll need to make pizza for two people (two individual pizzas):
Yeast (fast-rising/instant is best)
Tomato sauce (not spiced, just regular tomato sauce in a can or bottle)
In a bowl, put 2.5 cups of warm water (not too hot, maybe the temperature you’d shower in) and empty one packet of yeast (or a little under 1 tablespoon) and approximately 2 teaspoons of olive oil into the bowl. Add a pinch of salt and let the yeast sit for about five minutes to activate.
Pour in flour, stirring until it becomes an oatmeal-like consistency, making sure to get out the lumps. Let this sit in the bowl for another 30 minutes to rise. At this time you can pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
When the dough has risen, add flour and use your hands to knead the dough. Add flour until you get a nice doughy consistency, then form into two balls.
Place each ball on its own baking pan or on baking paper, using your hands to form a circle (try for about 12-15” diameter). If you prefer a thicker crust, push the outside edges in a bit to form a ridge.
Once your dough is flat and you have your pizza form ready, pour on your tomato sauce as desired. Add mozzerella as desired as well, and any other ingredient you want to add on (onions, olives, veggies). Sprinkle salt on top of the finished pizza and drizzle some olive oil on the top. Repeat this with your second pizza then place them both in the oven.
Your pizzas will need to cook for about 18 minutes. Keep an eye on them as depending on your oven, you may need to rotate them. Shortly before they are finishing cooking, throw on some fresh basil.
Pull them out of the oven and enjoy!
Note: if you'd like to make a pizza "pie" instead (pictured below with a heart in the middle) double the ingredients on the pizza and use the second dough to cover the pizza, folding the edges in to secure its contents.