Weeknight Pizza Dough

Pizza is probably my all-time favorite food.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and never get tired of it.  I don’t care if it is homemade, frozen, delivery, cheap or expensive.  I’ll eat it (as long as it only has meat and cheese on it). 
I try and limit my pizza intake to only one night a week.  Not for health reasons, just so Chicken Legs doesn’t get tired of it.  I usually buy a Chef Boyardee pizza kit (oh, the horror!) and add cheese and toppings.  We both really like it.  I really like it because it is quick and making pizza dough takes too long for a weeknight.  Well, not anymore.  I found this recipe and it takes less than 20 minutes – mixing and rising.  That is perfect!  We like thin crust pizza, so I only used half of the dough.  I used the extra dough for garlic knots.  This will be our regular pizza night recipe from now on.

Weeknight Pizza Dough

adapted from Frosted Bake Shop
makes 2 thin crust pizzas or 1 medium crust pizza
(Printable Recipe)

2 1/2 c. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 cup hot water (120-130°)
1 Tbsp. Rapid Rise or Bread Machine yeast
2 Tbsp. olive oil

Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 475°.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add hot water and olive oil. Mix for five minutes and then let the dough rest 10 minutes.  Roll out dough onto a piece of parchment paper (I trace my pizza stone onto parchment before placing it in the oven as a guide).   Prick dough with fork and add sauce, cheese and toppings.  Transfer pizza to hot pizza stone. (I use a flat cookie sheet to move the dough to the stone) Bake at 475° for  12-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

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    1. I guess she has no idea as she has skipped your question to answer the next one. I'd like to know too.

  1. Do you leave the dough on the parchment paper when you transfer it to the pizza stone, or do you put the dough directly on it?

  2. I have a couple different pizza dough recipes I love, but I'll have to give this one a try! And Im with you.. I could eat pizza ANYTIME!! : )

  3. Once again, you've outdone yourself and I will be printing this. We have pizza night every Friday, pizza and a movie. However, in this small town we only have 2 choices…gross and over priced. I am so happy for your recipe, Thank you very much!

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