Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!




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Homemade Pizza in less than an hour ~ and that’s completely from scratch ~ from flour and water to hot pillowy cheesy pizza in under 60 minutes!

from start to finish, fresh hot pizza in less than an hour!

Meet my Sweet Basil Pizza.  I made her in less than an hour from start to finish.  I’ve been wanting to make pizza for the longest time, but I think the thing that put me off was the time commitment.  So when I finally got a free afternoon I decided to stop procrastinating and give it a whirl.  What I found out was life altering, pizza, real live from scratch pizza in under an hour…really.  On your mark… get set … go!

getting ready to make 1 hour pizza

It all starts with pre-heating your oven to 500F.  You want to give it time to get nice and hot, as near as possible to a classic pizza oven.  You’ll add a bit of sugar, oil, and yeast to some warm tap water.  Then you’ll weigh out your flour.  I prefer weighing flour because it’s so much more accurate, but I gave you a cup measurement as well.   Pour the liquid into the flour and mix it up into a dough.  I do this in my stand mixer, which also does the kneading for me.  You can also do it by hand, either way, you’re on schedule.

easy homemade pizza dough for pizza in under an hour!

Divide the dough into two pieces (I made a double batch above.)   This recipe will make enough for 2 medium sized pizzas.  If you don’t want to use it all, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for up to a week.  You’re going to let it sit for 15 minutes, which gives you time to get out your sauce and slice your cheese.

rolling out easy pizza dough for homemade pizza in under an hour!

Roll the dough out on a floured surface into whatever shape suits your fancy.  I went with round.

sweet basil pizza ready to bake

Now comes the fun part, the toppings.  I spread one with a thin layer of freshly made basil pesto, and topped that with thin slices of mozzarella.  I made another with a classic red sauce.

If you’d like a real treat, try making your own fresh homemade ricotta cheese for a gourmet topping ~ How To Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese. 

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Bake for about 10 minutes, till golden and bubbly.  I finished both with a shower of fresh basil leaves.

Basil Pizza made fresh in less than an hour with basil topping

The crust is light and pillowy.  Not bad for under an hour!

one hour pizza slices with steam rising

a classic Maragrita Pizza in under an hour!

This recipe won’t replace all pizza dough recipes, because a longer rising time does develop flavor and texture that you won’t get in my fast version.  But for a quick family dinner, for hungry kids, or for a great appetizer, this recipe is fantastic.

Other easy recipes to try ~

 


Reader Rave ~

“I absolutely love how fast this recipe is! What an amazing thing to make delicious homemade pizza so quickly! I have been making it a lot in the past month and I replaced the sugar with an equal amount of honey and replaced the flour with 50% whole wheat (and then adding enough water to compensate for the increase in flour absorbency). Thanks for the recipe!”  ~ Darby


Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!
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Yield: makes 2 pizzas, serves 4

Homemade Pizza in less than an hour!

Ingredients

    dough
  • 1 lb all purpose flour (about 3 1/2 cups, but I recommend weighing your flour for accuracy)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 packet yeast, (1/4 oz) use fast rising pizza yeast if you can find it.
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    topping
  • approximately 1/2 cup fresh pesto or pizza sauce
  • 1 ball mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 500 degrees. Set the rack on the lowest setting.
  2. Measure out a cup of warm tap water and stir in the sugar, the oil, and the yeast. Let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Give the flour and salt a quick mix to combine.
  4. Turn the mixer on low. Pour the liquid into the bowl as the hook turns. The dough will slowly come together in a couple of minutes. If it seems very dry add in a little more warm water. a few drops at a time until the dough is one mass. Let the mixer knead the dough, on low, for about 8 minutes. The dough should be soft and elastic.
  5. Put the dough on a floured surface and rub the top with more flour. Cover in plastic and let sit for 15 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough in two and shape each half into a round ball. Roll out on a floured surface to your desired size. You can roll the dough thickly or thinly depending on your preference.
  7. Place the dough on a lined baking sheet, I use a Silpat mat. Spread a light layer of your topping sauce, and then arrange thin slices of cheese on top. Don't be tempted to use too much sauce, and don't spread the sauce all the way to the edge, leave an inch or so border.
  8. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until the crust is golden and the topping is bubbling.
  9. Scatter fresh basil leaves over the top just before serving and eat immediately!

Notes

Adapted from Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italy

 

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  • Reply
    Darby
    July 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I absolutely love how fast this recipe is! What an amazing thing to make delicious homemade pizza so quickly! I have been making it a lot in the past month and I replaced the sugar with an equal amount of honey and replaced the flour with 50% whole wheat (and then adding enough water to compensate for the increase in flour absorbency). Thanks for the recipe!

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      Sue
      September 22, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Sounds delish!

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    Foodiewife
    May 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    You just reminded me to make some pizza dough and let it ferment in the fridge for a day or two. This look so dang good! Margherita pizza remains my fave of all time. My baking stone makes a nice crisp bottom. This is mouth watering beautiful.

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      Sue
      September 22, 2018 at 7:35 am

      I’m going to try that!

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    Susan
    May 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I had no idea it could be accomplished so quickly! Thank you, Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 22, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Honestly I didn’t either Susan, but now that I do know, I’m running with it!

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