This is a guest post from our friend, Leah, who blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby.
Pizza is a very important staple food in our home. If it isn’t on the menu once a week, I will inevitably hear, “Hey, we haven’t had pizza in awhile.” Of course, when I say pizza, I don’t mean Papa Johns (although, nothing beats those breadsticks)…. I mean delicious homemade, fresh dough pizza. Sounds like a pain, right? Guess again! It’s one of the easiest meals I make! Not counting the 45 minutes-1 hour of time it takes for the dough to rise, it’s a meal that can be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes. What mom isn’t thrilled to hear that? I like to change up our toppings to keep things fresh, but one of our favorites in the summertime is my Savory Summer Pizza recipe. I’m happy to be able to share with you my super easy, light and fluffy pizza crust recipe, as well as our favorite toppings; but once you get the crust made, have fun experimenting with the toppings! Enjoy!
Savory Summer Pizza
2 packets quick-rising yeast
1 cup warm water
2 Tbs maple syrup
Salt, to taste
3-3 1/2 cups of flour (any kind works, but I use a pastry flour that I buy in bulk from a local farm)
4 Tbs olive oil, plus some for drizzling in the bowl
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (this is even better with sun-dried tomatoes!)
handful of arugula
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, grated
2 peaches, chopped
1. Make the pizza dough. In a mixing bowl, combine water, yeast, and maple syrup. Whisk until yeast is dissolved and let sit until foam develops – about 5-10 minutes. Add salt and olive oil and slowly add flour 1/2 cup at a time until a dough forms. Knead the dough for a few minutes, adding flour if needed. You don’t want the dough to be sticky, but don’t use so much flour that it’s tough.
Add a drizzle of olive oil into the mixing bowl and then toss the ball around to coat it. Cover and let set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until doubled in size.
2. Press the dough onto a greased pizza pan/cookie sheet. Bake at a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes.
3. Spread pesto over crust and arrange other toppings. Bake 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
Leah blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby, where she writes about all things having to do with a crunchy lifestyle – natural/attachment parenting, vegetarian/vegan cooking, gardening, raising chickens, chemical-free cleaning, and shares stories about her life with her husband and one-year old on a small farm in Pennsylvania.