I love making pizza from scratch, it’s so simple to make the dough, and this recipe makes enough for two pizzas so you can freeze half and have some ready to go whenever you get a pizza craving. Last night I had a hankering for some pizza and I decided BBQ chicken was the way to go. I had all the ingredients on hand so while I was working on a project for school I let the dough rise.
What you’ll need for the dough: 3 1/2 cups flour (I used half all purpose and half whole wheat) 1/4 cup canola oil, 1 1/3 cup warm water, 1 packet of yeast, and 2 tsp sea salt.
In a mixing bowl combine the warm water and yeast until the yeast is dissolved. If you have a kitchen aide mixer you can stir in the salt and flour and mix on medium high speed for 5 minutes. While the mixer is going, drizzle in the olive oil. I don’t have a kitchen aide so I just get my hands in the mixing bowl and hand mix until everything is incorporated well, about 8 minutes.
Now all you have to do is cover the bowl with a dish towel and let the dough double in size, about 2 hours or so.
While my dough was rising I was working on a menu development project for school. We are creating a dessert menu and costing out each ingredient to develop purchasing documents for a faux restaurant. It is super time consuming so it was perfect timing to let some pizza dough rise.
About two hours later when the dough had doubled in size, I was hungry and ready to eat some yummy pizza. So I turned my oven on 450 degrees, stretched out my dough and assembled my bbq chicken pizza. I found some Texas local BBQ sauce at the grocery store and I was really excited to try it.
This sauce is great! So I spread some sauce on the dough, topped it with some mozzarella medallions, sliced red onion, cooked chicken and was ready to bake!
Once the oven reaches 450, I turn it back down to 425 degrees and bake the pizza for about 15-17 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble. Once it’s done top it off with some fresh parsley and dig in!
Now you have a yummy pizza and also some extra dough for the next time you feel like assembling a pizza, and the toppings are unlimited!