How to Make Homemade Pizza from Scratch {Fun Family Night Idea}

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Making homemade pizza dough from scratch is a fun family night activity! Use this recipe to create mini pizzas for the whole family to choose and bake their own, making dinner time easy and fun (even for picky eaters).

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Learning how to make homemade pizza is more than just about the cooking, it can be a fun and frugal family night activity that everyone will enjoy.

Cooking and baking together with your kids is a perfect way to teach them life skills like following a recipe, measuring ingredients, and working together.

Not only will the whole family love making their own pizzas for family night, but you’ll have help making a dinner that even your pickiest eaters will love.

Homemade Pizza Dough Ingredients

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (should feel like the temperature of your bath)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, scooped and leveled
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Additional flour or cornmeal for rolling out dough
  • 1-2 drop gel food coloring
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How to Make Homemade Pizza from Scratch

In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the salt, flour, and 1 tbsp olive oil

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Using a dough hook, mix until the dough forms a ball.

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Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal and knead until smooth. Pour the second tbsp of olive oil into a large bowl and place the dough there.

Cover with a damp dishtowel (or plastic wrap) and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour

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Punch down the dough and place on a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal. Knead for about 8 minutes.

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Flatten the dough into a disc and divide it into equal portions with a knife or spatula.

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Roll out each portion by gently stretching it with your hands and set on a cookie sheet.

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Making the Pizza (Adding Sauce and Toppings)

Ingredients

  • Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice
  • Fresh or dried herbs of your choice
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Instructions to Assemble your Pizzas

  1. Top the dough rounds with a tablespoon of tomato sauce.
  2. Add grated/shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add toppings and herbs.
  4. Place in a 450-degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
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Storage

This homemade pizza recipe makes either four, 12 inch pizza crusts, or eight, 6 inch individual pizza crusts. You can freeze and store the extra dough in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Store already cooked pizza in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

Homemade Pizza FAQs

What is the best oven temperature to bake homemade pizza?

This answer will depend slightly on your individual oven, but most homemade pizzas will bake perfectly between 400 and 450 degrees. This particular recipe calls for 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

To make sure you aren’t cooking your pizza too long, check on the crust and cheese frequently. The crust should be golden brown and the cheese melted and golden as well.

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Tips for a Successful Homemade Pizza Family Night

  1. Make the dough at least a day before and set in the fridge. Bring to room temperature about
    30-45 mins before using.
  2. Have all topping ingredients chopped and divided into easy serve bowls.
  3. Use a quick-cooking recipe like the one above.
  4. Plan for a few different flavors. Purchase gluten-free dough for those with allergies and leave it
    separate from the rest to avoid cross-contamination.
  5. Put a note on the stations with each pizza’s toppings (if ordering out).
  6. Open your windows (or buy a fan) if you are making them in-house, the heat from the oven will
    raise the temperature of the home, thus raising the temperature of ingredients and could
    potentially melt your desserts.
  7. Use plastic spoons for people to gather their toppings, you can also place the ingredients on
    paper plates or bowls at tables for a kids party.
  8. Use two rimless sheet pans or pizza circles for ease when distributing the pizza.
    Have fun and let everyone create the pizza of their dreams.
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Homemade Pizza from Scratch

Homemade Pizza from Scratch

A fun and easy from scratch pizza recipe the whole family will love!

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (should feel like the temperature of your bath) 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, scooped and leveled
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Additional flour or cornmeal for rolling out dough
  • 1-2 drop gel food coloring
  • Toppings
  • Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce Mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice
  • Fresh or dried herbs of your choice

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the salt, flour, and 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. Using a dough hook, mix until the dough forms a ball.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal and knead until smooth Pour the second tbsp of olive oil into a large bowl and place the dough there.
  4. Cover with a damp dishtowel (or plastic wrap) and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour Punch down the dough and place on a surface dusted with flour or cornmeal.
  5. Knead for about 8 minutes.
  6. Flatten the dough into a disc and divide it into equal portions with a knife or spatula. Roll out each portion by gently stretching it with your hands and set on a cookie sheet.
  7. Top the dough rounds with a tablespoon of tomato sauce.
  8. Add grated/shredded mozzarella cheese.
  9. Add toppings and herbs.
  10. Place in a 450-degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown

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