I love to cook but I hate being stuck in the kitchen all day. With three young kids I don't have the time or patience to wait for dough to rise overnight. I had to find a quick recipe that didn't make me prep all day and then wait another half a day to be able to cook it, especially since my kids ask for pizza every other day...literally. After much trial and error, I finally was able to form this quick and easy recipe to make homemade bread for my husband and delicious pizzas for my boys.
Perks? I can freeze half the batch for another day and have my house smelling like an Italian fresh bread or pizza bakery in no time.
Be sure to give it a try and let me know what you think!
5 cups flour (divided)
2 warm cups water
2 tablespoon or 1 packet dry yeast
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dry milk (or milk)
1 tbsp Salt
1 tsp baking powder (optional)
1/2 cup oil
beaten egg white or milk for brushing
-Mix yeast along with sugar and salt into warm water to allow it to activate.
-While the yeast is forming add 2 cups of flour and baking powder to a mixing bowl.
-Once the dry ingredients are mixed, pour in the warm water yeast mixture.
-Now mix and let it sit for 10 minutes on your counter, covered. (It will be a runny batter, don't worry)
-After about 10 minutes you will notice bubbles in your batter, this ensures the yeast is working.
-Add the remaining 3 cups of flour, milk powder and 1/2 cup oil and give it a mix.
-Add extra flour if needed while kneading to make a smooth dough.
-This dough can be made in the stand mixer.
-At this point your dough is ready to use.
-For an extra fluffy and soft dough, let the dough rest and rise covered for an hour.
-For dinner rolls take it a step further and after the 1 hour of rise, knead and make dinner rolls.
-Place your dough balls on a parchment lined baking dish and let it rest and rise for an additional 30 to 45 mins.
-Stuff them with cheese or meat or leave them plain.
-Brush with either a beaten egg white or milk, along with seeds or spices of choice.
-Bake your desired baked goods at 350'F.
For 12 to 15 Dinner Rolls: 15 to 20 minutes.
2 large Pizza Crust: 10 to 12 minutes.
15 Meat Pies: 12 minutes.
2 Garlic Bread Loaves: 20 to 25 minutes.
These times are approximate dependent on your oven. My oven is electric and runs super hot and fast.
Make this dough with my Spiced Bechamel Chicken Bread.
**To freeze: wrap your dough in plastic wrap then in a reusable sealed bag. Freeze for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
Roll it out and turn it into a delicious pizza.
Or my kids favorite...mini pizzas!
Extra dough left over? Turn them into Garlic Knots.
Or a braided loaf like my husband's favorite.
Or my personal favorite...in a savory meat pie, rose form.
Any way you choose, it's sure to be delicious! :)