#6: Make homemade pizza

I suppose it’s obvious at this point that I put making pizza on my 30 before 30 list because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve been hoarding recipes, and although I made pizzas on New Years Eve with Dan and his brother, we used store-bought crusts for those… and even though I wrote on my own list that making my own dough was extra credit… I really, really wanted to try to make my own pizza dough.

So I did. It gets me extra credit on my 30 before 30, AND counts for week 25 in my Handmade52 project, too.

dough

I’m not really sure, sometimes, what changes in my head so that I stop saying “oh, I should do that” and just do it… but that’s what happened last week. I found the yeast at the grocery store (without having to call my mom to ask where she thought it would be, even) and with a whole day off, I decided it was as good a time as any.

homemade pizza!

Making the dough was much, MUCH easier than I expected. (I used the Smitten Kitchen’s easy pizza dough recipe.) I definitely want to try this with whole wheat flour next time. (Side question for you homemade pizza dough pros out there: do you make the dough ahead and … refrigerate it? It seems like a lot of waiting for a weeknight dinner.)

yum.

I went simple with this first pizza (and okay, fine, I planned it for a day when my cheese-hating boyfriend wasn’t around, so I could avoid sauce and the large number of meat toppings he prefers. Not that I won’t make this with him some other time) and just used grated Parmesan and mozzarella.

homemade pizza!

And oh BOY was this super tasty. I can’t wait to make it again!

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