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I’ve been doing a lot of baking since the quarantine for several reasons.

We are only supposed to go out for essentials, A lot of places are closed, Certain foods are hard to find, and being “locked in” brings boredom.

I have been wanting pizza and our favorite pizzeria is temporarily closed so I thought I’d grill one today.

Here is my dough recipe: This makes one 12” pizza

  • 3/4 C Warm Water
  • Yeast packet
  • 1-1/2 – 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 t salt

First, dissolve one packet of yeast in 3/4 C warm water. This takes a couple of minutes.

Next, stir in flour, salt and oil. You can mix by hand or use a mixer. I prefer by hand because kneading dough is very therapeutic to me.

Mix until dough forms a ball then turn out on flat surface to knead. Knead for 6-7 minutes. Add flour a little at a time if too sticky.

Form into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a draft free area. I place on stovetop and if it’s cold in the house, I turn on the oven on warm for about five minutes then shut off. The warmth helps dough rise. Rising takes about an hour to hour and half.

Once dough has doubled in size, punch down and knead on counter for a minute then form into a crust.

I place the crust on a large cutting board to transfer outside.

Preheat grill, I use gas. Rub oil on grate (important) then place crust on grill.

Close the lid and stay near by. It doesn’t take long to cook. Grill on one side and use a spatula to lift and check to see if it’s time to flip. I wait until the dough has firmed up and browned slightly, this only takes a few minutes.

This is what mine looks like when I flip it. Let it cook the same on the other side. At this point, you can apply sauce and toppings right on the grill, close lid and let the toppings melt. You have to watch the bottom of the crust so it won’t burn. I prefer to bring the crust in and add my toppings and place in oven at 425 for about 10 minutes. I like my cheese and toppings to brown a little. You don’t really get that on the grill.

You can freeze the grilled crust if you want to make it quick for a busy week night.

Here’s mine all set to go in the oven. I used some of my Easter Ham, pepperoni and onions.

Since the dough is already cooked, you can bake it right on the oven rack. It tastes amazing this way!

And that’s it! This is a great way to prepare homemade pizza!

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