From Melissa’s Kitchen: Homemade Pizza Crust

Our family eats a lot of pizza.  Occasionally, if I can get frozen pizza on a really good sale, we eat that.  We almost never eat pizza purchased from a restaurant.  And I cannot even recall the last time we had delivery.  Virtually all of our pizza is homemade.

For the last two months, we have been on a bit of a pizza hiatus.  I have been eating gluten, dairy, and egg free.  While my family has not joined me on the food eliminating adventure, pizza just has not shown up on the radar when I make menus.  Maybe because I know it is a weak spot for me.

This weekend, one of our girls asked to have pizza again, so I put it back on the menu.  For the first time in two months, I almost cheated on my diet.  I really like brownies, bread, and baked goods of just about any variety.  I have ignored those items all this time with virtually no issue.  The pizza today was different.  It smelled really good.

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I use this crust for many varieties of pizza: BBQ chicken, taco, pepperoni, BLT.  Today I topped the pizza with some leftover marinara and ground beef, a small chopped onion, and two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.

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This crust is so easy.  I do not even have to get my hands dirty when I make it.  And in the end, I stood firm.  I did not eat the pizza.

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Homemade Pizza Crust

Homemade Pizza Crust

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 3/8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the pan of a bread machine.
  2. Select the dough setting and start the machine.
  3. When the dough is done, remove it and press out onto a greased 12x15-inch pan.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Top crust with sauce and other toppings.
  6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.
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