Whip It Up Wednesday #6

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Today on Whip It Up Wednesday I’m going to show you how to make Homemade Pizza!  This is one of my favorite things my boyfriend makes, so I thought I had to write about it!  He did most of the work on this but I helped!  He always makes his own pizza crust.  This is something he prides himself on.  The ingredients for the crust are:

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                              • Whole Wheat Flour (or any flour)-6 cups
                              • Sugar-1 tbsp
                              • Olive Oil-1 tbsp
                              • salt-1 tsp
                              • yeast-1 packet

The first step is to take a cup of warm water and add the yeast to it.  You will then add the tbsp of sugar to help the process.  You can lightly mix it, but don’t mix too hard this might mess with the yeast.  Now you will let it set for about 15 minutes or until you get a nice bubble.  Here is what your yeast will look like before and after the 15 minutes.

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Next you will add 5 cups of flour to a bowl. For this recipe we only used 3 cups of flour.  Normally this recipe makes enough dough for at least 2 pizzas!  You can sift if you would like.  My boyfriend strongly believes in sifting the flour because he says thats what all the older ladies do and they make good bread!

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Then add 1 tsp of salt to the flour.  DO NOT add the salt to the yeast mixture while its bubbling up this will kill it!  You will then add the 1 tbsp of olive oil to the flour.  After your yeast has gotten a nice bubble you will add this to the flour mix.  Make sure that you get all of your yeast in the mix.  You then will start mixing.

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Add warm water as you go until it gets to the right consistency.  Then put the dough on the table.  It will be easier to knead if you shape it into a little ball.

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If its too dry add a little water and if its too wet add some flour.  Now you will start kneading the dough.

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When you are kneading you want to need left to right. You will push the ball to the left with the palm of your hand and then pull it back the way you pushed it. Then push it to the right with the palm of your hand and pull it back the way you pushed it.  You are looking for the dough to be smooth.  This is how my boyfriend kneads the dough.  I’m sure there are other ways to do it also.  Next the dough is ready to rise!  You will want to put a little olive oil in your bowl.  Just enough to barely cover where the dough will be sitting.  Then put the dough in the bowl and cover it.  You can cover it with a towel or plastic wrap.  We always just use a plastic bag from the store though!  Works just as well!

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Let it rise until it is double its size.  You want to put it in a warm place while it is rising.  We sometimes heat up the oven just a little bit and then let it set in there with the door slightly open.  Not enough heat to get the dough hot but just enough to keep it warm. Make sure you turn off the oven before you put the dough in. Some recipes will tell you to do 2 rises.  This is fine but we are not patient and only ever do one rise!  The dough is ready when you stick it with your finger and the finger mark stays.

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You are now ready to start your pizza!  We use a pizza stone.  I know there are other options but we love our pizza stone!  Put the pizza stone in the oven and heat it up to 500 degrees F.  You want the pizza stone to preheat with the oven! Also after you make the pizza let the pizza stone stay in the oven and cool down with the oven.  You now want to start working your dough into a pizza shape.  If you are feeling lucky you can try to throw it to stretch it out but I am definitely not good at this!  You can also just kind of push it out until it forms a pizza shape.  You then want to put the dough on  your paddle.  We use a pizza paddle because it is so much easier to transfer it in and out of the oven! You will want to put a little flour on your paddle so it the pizza doesn’t try to stick to it.

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Now it is time for  your toppings!  You can put whatever toppings you want on the pizza.  For this pizza we decided pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and olives.

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You then stick it in the oven on your pizza stone.

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It does not take very long to bake.  It will only take about 10 minutes.  You want to make sure that you are watching it.  Once it looks like a pizza you are good to go!  You will take it out with your paddle the way you put it in and cut and serve!

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I love homemade pizza!  It has become one of my favorite things to eat!  This is a pretty easy way to make it too!  You will be surprised how much more you like this then delivery pizza!  Thanks for coming by Whip It Up Wednesday!!

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Whip It Up Wednesday #6 — 16 Comments

  1. When my kids were small we would always do home made pizza for tea when they had friends round. I would prepare the bases and a load of topping and let the kids top their own. That way you can be sure they only pick things they like and it doesn’t matter if they are vegetarian or have some other dietary requirements. (luckily none of them were ever gluten intolerant – that would scupper my brilliant plan!)

  2. Your pizza looks mighty tasty. We make homemade pizza almost every Saturday night and one of these days I need to start making our dough with whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose white. We tried it a time or two and didn’t like it as well but I know it’s so much more nutritional. I’m now co-hosting the Making Monday link party with Gracie at Kitchen Table Art. Thanks for sharing with us there. Have a great rest of the week.

  3. Cara, this looks so yummy! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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