My mom went back to work full time when I was in middle school and she started the tradition of pizza night every Friday. It gave her a break from cooking and was a great way to start off the weekend. We have continued this tradition in our home and I love not having to worry about what is for dinner on Friday's.
Gram Kay's homemade pizza dough was a family tradition in Tony's family. It was the best. We loved when she traveled from Philadelphia to visit. She was a wonderful Italian cook and it was a special treat for everyone when she made her homemade pizza's. Not only was the dough homemade, but the sauce was from scratch. She was awesome!
Even though Friday night pizza is a favorite in our home, not everyone likes the same toppings. I am tired of trying to remember who picked the pizza last week and whose turn it was this week. Remember, this was to be a fun night! We decided to combine the two traditions and test out making our own pizza dough. If it worked it would be a win win for everyone.
Tony had a recipe in his tool box of recipes. We don't know if it is Gram's, from his days at CIA, or when he worked in Philadelphia. Either way, it is a homemade pizza dough recipe and we decided to give it a try....
1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110 degrees F)
2 1/2 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon olive oil
4-5 cups flour
Spray pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray
Using a mixer bowl, hand whisk water and yeast. Let stand 2-3 minutes to dissolve yeast. Whisk in sugar, salt and oil and 2 cups flour.
Using dough hook on lowest speed, knead dough with the mixer. Slowly add remaining flour. Continue to add flour and knead until dough forms into a soft elastic ball.
Remove dough hook and spray dough with non-stick cooking spray. Cover the entire mixer and bowl. Let rise until double in size (about 90 minutes).
Deflate dough and roll dough to desired size on a floured surface. Add desired toppings. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes for a large pizza and 7-10 minutes for personal pizza's.
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