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 ūüôā

Here’s what we did.

First- The Crust:

  1 pkg yeast

1 cup warm water

1 tsp white sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbls olive oil

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.

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!!!

Happy Traditions!


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