At my house, homemade pizza is the one dinner option that everyone can agree on. If your life is anything like mine, you’re usually running around from the break of dawn until sunset. But trust me, it IS possible to make pizza from scratch. If I can do it, you can too!
If you have right around 45 minutes to spare, you can definitely enjoy fabulous pizza any day of the week. And part of that time is hands-off, so you can check the mail, enjoy a glass of wine – all while the pizza is cooking away. This homemade pizza is so delicious, and with its crisp-on the-outside and super-tender-on-the-inside crust, it’s sure to become a frequent request for dinner at your house.
The best part of homemade pizza is picking your toppings. I’ll show you two different varieties of pizza that you could make, but really, the topping choices are up to you.
For this recipe, you’ll need the medium-sized ceramic bowl from your KitchenAid® Ceramic 3-Piece Nesting Mixing Bowl Set, a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula, a clean kitchen towel, hot water, sugar, yeast, flour, salt and your favorite pizza toppings.
Go ahead and preheat your KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven to 400˚F. I love this pretty little kitchen workhorse as it truly combines form and function into one device. It comes in seven gorgeous colors, perfect for adding a bit of classy pizzazz to any kitchen. I love the Aqua Sky color because it gives my kitchen a fun and retro look.
This Convection Digital Countertop Oven gives gourmet, full-size oven performance, yet doesn’t leave a huge footprint on my kitchen countertop. It has 9 pre-programmed functions: Bake, Pizza, Asado Roast, Toast, Broil, Cookie, Bagel, Keep Warm and Reheat, as well as the option for convection baking. I find myself using it for all sorts of things when I don’t feel like heating up my big oven, especially in the summertime.
To get started on the dough, you must activate the yeast. This sounds a bit complicated, but it’s actually very simple and takes about 5 minutes. I like to warm a small bowl with some warm tap water and let it sit for a few minutes prior to beginning the activation process. This acts as a way to preheat the bowl, giving the yeast a chance to grow in a warm, cozy environment.
After 2-3 minutes, discard the tap water. Then, add hot tap water (around 105-115˚F), sugar and yeast to the small sized bowl. Stir until the yeast is mostly dissolved, but it’s okay if the mixture is a little lumpy. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, until the mixture starts to bubble and foam. The bubbling and foaming means the yeast has been activated.
While the yeast is activating, combine the flour and salt in a medium sized ceramic bowl from your KitchenAid® Ceramic Mixing Bowl Set. Once the yeast is activated, add it to the flour mixture along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Use a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula to stir until all flour is incorporated.
One minute of kneading on a floured work surface is all it takes to form the dough into a smooth ball. Cover it with a kitchen towel for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, the dough will have risen to almost double its starting size. It’s super easy to work with now, and will take just a minute or two to prod and push it into the correct size. Place the dough on an olive oil greased nonstick multipurpose pan, pushing the dough with your fingers to cover the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan to create a small rim.
Finish this delicious crust with a myriad of topping choices. Margherita pizza is a favorite flavor at our house. To make it, add a drizzle of olive oil to the dough in your nonstick multipurpose pan, followed with a layer of fresh mozzarella or Italian blend cheese. Adorn the top with thinly sliced tomatoes and a generous sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
Another pizza we really enjoy is an Indonesian Barbecue Chicken pizza. To make, follow this recipe to make the shredded Inondesian barbecue chicken topping. Add gouda cheese and a scatter of thinly sliced red onions and bell peppers.
Once you’ve finished off your pizza with your favorite toppings, place your nonstick multipurpose pan into your Convection Digital Countertop Oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
And there you have it! If you make the Margherita Pizza, garnish with some chopped basil. If you went with the Indonesian Barbecue Chicken Pizza, garnish with chopped cilantro. Or, if you used your own favorite toppings, garnish with an herb of your choice!
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Easy Artisan Pizza
Makes 6-8 servings
For the crust
2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast (or 1 packet)
3/4 cup hot tap water (around 105-115˚F)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
For the margherita pizza
8 ounces shredded fresh mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
1-2 medium-sized tomatoes
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, or to taste
Chopped basil, for garnish
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
For the Indonesian barbecue chicken pizza
1 cup of Indonesian barbecue chicken
8 ounces shredded gouda cheese
1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
For the crust
Preheat the KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven to 400˚F. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to your nonstick multipurpose pan. Set aside.
Fill a small bowl with warm tap water. Let sit for 2-3 minutes to warm up the bowl, then discard water. Add 3/4 hot tap water (around 105-115˚F), sugar and yeast to the small sized bowl. Stir until the yeast is mostly dissolved (it’s okay if mixture is a little lumpy). Allow to sit for 5 minutes, until mixture starts to bubble and foam (the bubbling and foaming means the yeast has been activated).
While the yeast is activating, combine the flour and salt in a medium sized ceramic bowl from your KitchenAid® Ceramic 3-Piece Nesting Mixing Bowl Set. Once the yeast is activated, add it to the flour mixture along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Use a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula to stir until all flour is incorporated.
Sprinkle a work surface with a small amount of flour. Transfer the dough to the floured surface and knead for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until a nice smooth ball forms. Dust dough with flour and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, leaving it to almost double in size.
Remove the towel and sprinkle your work surface lightly with more flour. Flatten the dough slightly and, working with your fingers, dimple and push it into a larger circle as you go, until it’s approximately the size of your nonstick multipurpose pan. If it’s hard to push, let it rest for a minute, as this will help the elastic fibers in the dough to relax.
Place the dough on your prepared nonstick multipurpose pan. Push the dough with your fingers to cover the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan to create a small rim.
Top with your favorite base, cheese and topping (two pizza recipes below) and bake in your KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven until golden, about 12-15 minutes.
For the margherita pizza
Follow the steps above to create your pizza crust. When the dough is in your nonstick multipurpose pan, brush lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Cover dough evenly with fresh Mozzarella or Italian blend cheese. Top with thinly sliced fresh tomatoes (I like to drain tomatoes beforehand on a paper towel for a minute or two to prevent the finished pizza from being too wet.) Sprinkle generously with Italian Seasoning. Bake in your preheated KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After baking, garnish pizza with chopped fresh basil.
For the Indonesian barbecue chicken pizza
Follow the steps above to create your pizza crust. Cover dough with 1 cup of Indonesian Barbecue Chicken (click here for recipe). Sprinkle with gouda cheese. Top with thinly sliced bell peppers and red onion. Bake in your preheated KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After baking, garnish pizza with chopped fresh cilantro.
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