Monday, August 17, 2015

Homemade Pizza Dough with No Yeast

Over the weekend, I planned a small grocery shopping trip to buy as few items as I could get away with to make meals this week and next.  I am trying to use up some items in my fridge and pantry, as well as save some money at the end of this month.  It's a great thing to do when you're strapped for cash.  We usually have way more food than I think we do, so I try to figure out what meals I can make with what's left, and only adding one or two ingredients.

So pizza was on the agenda for this week.  My husband and I both got a craving for pizza at the end of last week, but managed not to order out.  Making your own is a great way to satisfy that craving, for less money and fewer calories!

I was supposed to pick up some yeast for this fantastic freezer pizza dough from Money Saving Mom, but alas, I forgot it.  So I scoured the internet for a yeast-free version. I found this recipe over at It worked out great!

I mixed the dough up with my Kitchen Aid mixer, kneaded the dough, then pressed the dough flat on a cookie sheet.  It probably would have been easier if I had rolled it with a rolling pin, but I didn't bother.

After flattening on the cookie sheet, I pre-cooked the dough in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.  I was making the dough for use the next day, so I cooled the dough, then wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge. If you are making the pizza right then, skip this step.

The next day, I pulled the pizza crust out of the fridge, added homemade pizza sauce (my own concoction of tomato paste, ketchup, water, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion powder, and whatever other spices catch my fancy), pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.  I cooked it at 400 degrees for another 10 minutes or so, until the cheese was browning.

Ta da! My husband LOVES pepperoni pizza.

This is my version, jarred Alfredo sauce that I had leftover in the fridge, shredded chicken, spinach, and banana peppers. So good!

See these beautiful pears? They were picked fresh from my parent's place over the weekend.  They are sweet and crisp.

 I happened to have a little bit of extra dough, so I made a pear, cinnamon, and local honey tart! No idea what happened to the other half...

I will definitely be making this pizza dough again.  I am planning to make it, pre-cook, and store in the freezer for quick meals later on.  My mother, sister, and I are planning a freezer cooking day, so be on the lookout for a blog post featuring our adventure!