Hubby and I are all about creating new traditions.

Like, say, having a special night of the week devoted to our favorite food.


But not just ANY store-bought, frozen pizza.

Oh no. 

It has to be HOMEMADE!

Right down to the most important part of the pizza in my book.

The Crust.

Last night we made a Pineapple Pepperoni pizza. 

I know. A bit of a strange combination but I didn’t have any ham so we used the next best thing 🙂

Here’s what we did.  


First- The Crust:                                                           

We placed water, yeast, and sugar, into the bowl of my stand mixer and let them dissolve until the mixture was creamy (about 10 min).  

Then we stirred in flour, olive oil, and salt, and mixed on medium speed for about 5 minutes.  (If you don’t have a stand mixer just flour a clean surface well and knead dough for 5 minutes.)

Then it’s time for the magic. Just cover the dough and place it in a warm location for about 1 hour. (The longer it’s left to rise the fluffier the crust).
 While dough is rising- we started preparing all of the topping ingredients.
We used pineapple, baby spinach, red onion and thinly sliced pepperoni.  
 As for the sauce, you can use any sauce that you like, but if you have the time and want homemade- I recommend Giada’s Marina Sauce.  It’s amazing and you can make it ahead and refrigerate or freeze it.
When the dough is all nice and poofy,  lightly grease a pizza pan and roll out the dough-pinching the edges to hold in all the ‘yummy’ toppings!
**Tip-I like my crust on the crispy side.  So, before I add all of the toppings I place the (crust in the oven for about 5 minutes.
While the crust is baking, I shred up my cheeses. I used mozzarella and provolone, but you could use whatever cheese you like.
Pile everything on the pre-baked crust and in 20 minutes you’ll be so glad you decided to make homemade!!!
Here’s the full recipe! Enjoy!
Pineapple and Pepperoni Pizza
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 1 pkg active dry yeast
  3. 1 tsp white sugar
  4. 2 1/2 cups flour
  5. 2 Tbls. olive oil
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. Toppings
  8. 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  9. 1 cup shredded provolone
  10. 2/3 cup- 1 cup of sauce (See recipe link in post) or use favorite store bought
  11. 1 cup diced pineapple
  12. 1 cup baby spinach
  13. 1 cup thin sliced red onion
  14. Pepperoni
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine water, sugar and yeast. Mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes until mixture becomes cloudy. Add flour, (1/2 cup at a time) to mixture until dough forms a ball. Add oil and salt. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. (If you do not have a stand mixture you will have to knead dough on a well floured surface for same time.) Cover dough and place in a warm location for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 425. When dough has risen to double it's size, remove from mixing bowl and place on a greased pizza pan. Spread dough to desired thinness. Pour sauce over the dough. Sprinkle cheese over sauce. Cover with remaining toppings. Bake for 20-25 minutes. (This may take longer if crust is thicker.)
  1. Tip: If crust is on the thick side, you can bake the crust only for 5 minutes before adding toppings.

Happy Traditions! 


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