Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Personal Pan Pizza with Easy No-Yeast Dough

Having two toddlers and a husband who always want to have pizza for every and any meal of the day,
I needed to make a recipe that was easy to fast and super simple to prepare.
I came up with this idea using a similar dough recipe from a cook book plus changed a few things to
make it how I wanted it to come out.
After two attempts, the recipe works great!
The dough is versatile enough to be used with different spices to give it your own personal touch.

Complete recipe is at the bottom.

This is all you need to make this pizza dough! 
Flour, baking powder, salt, warm water, and olive oil.
Adding some spices gives it that extra Italian flavour.

This dough is too sticky, it needs more flour.
This dough is perfect and ready to use.

When it comes to the spices you can use your own combinations you think would go well together. 
I like the taste of basil and oregano together with pizza. 
Some other options could be but are not limited to: 
garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, thyme, dried chives, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 
cracked pepper, Italian seasoning, pretty much anything you think would taste good!

Once the dough has come out of the oven now you can add your toppings. 
I went with spicy pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. 

Here are some of my families favourite topping combinations.

Alldressed - pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers.
Veggies - green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives.
Italian -sausage, mushrooms, olives, fresh basil.
Buffalo Chicken - cooked chicken pieces, tomatoes, feta cheese, hot sauce.
Super Cheese - mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, montery jack.

Some other topping ideas are:
spinach, black and/or green olives, onions, cooked bacon, cooked ham, pineapple, cooked ground beef,
garlic, hot peppers, sliced steak, and on and on and on!

Easy No-Yeast Pizza Dough
(makes two 9 inch pizzas)

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbs olive oil, plus more to drizzle over dough
1 cup of warm water, less or more depending on dough
1/2 tsp dried basil 
1/2 tsp dried oregano

1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. 
2. Add the olive oil and warm water. If the dough is too sticky add more flour. If too stiff, more water.
3. Put dough on a surface covered with flour and knead for a couple of minutes. 
4. Grease a round cake or pie pan with some extra olive oil. 
5. Using you hands flatten the dough into a even circle, place into greased pan and stretch it the rest of the way to the edges and up a little to form a nice crust. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, and a little bit of olive oil.
6. Bake at 400f for about 25 minutes. 
7. Remove from oven then add your toppings. 
8. Bake another 5 minutes until cheese is all melty. Broil for a few more to make the cheese toasty brown.
9. Enjoy it with some extra warm pizza sauce on the side to dip it in!

Give it a try with your pizza lovers in your family! Get your kids involved by letting them help you knead the dough and flatten them out themselves. Then letting them top their very own pizza!

By Mommy Melissa

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