Sep 24
2008

Fast & Easy Pizza Dough—Eat 3 slices of pizza and call me in the morning.

in Bread, Main Course, Recipes by Type

I was in labor with Squirrel for 24 hours and then ended up having an emergency c-section. When my doctor made the decision to do the c-section, he did it fast, and an oxygen mask was quickly slipped over my mouth and I was wheeled out, all before anyone told Mr. Fuji what was going on. It took him several minutes before anyone would fill him in and he was finally able to join me in the operating room. After Squirrel was born, I had been taken care of, and there was no longer anything he could do, he and my mom drove home, but not before stopping at Pizza Hut on the way and picking up a large pepperoni pizza. To Mr. Fuji, pizza is the be-all and end-all of comfort foods, and after such a stressful day I bet that pizza was a soothing balm.

Right now Mr. Fuji is entering his busiest time of year and he is S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D. So of course, this calls for pizza. But, being the responsible/concerned wife and mother that I am, I like to try and make pizza that is a bit healthier than what you might have delivered by your local pizza joint, so I used part wheat flour, giving the crust a nice chewy texture. I also didn’t have all afternoon to work on the dough, so I went with a recipe that doesn’t require any rising. All you do is mix everything together, spread it out on your pizza pan/stone, slap your ingredients on it, and throw it in the oven! Granted, it’s not quite as good as a dough that you have lovingly slaved over through rising and kneading, but considering that you can have pizza made from scratch coming out of the oven in under an hour, this dough tastes dang good! For my toppings I used a tomato sauce base, a handful of torn basil leaves for extra flavor, a mix of colby jack and mozzarella cheese, and turkey pepperoni (approximately 70% less fat than your regular pepperoni and still tasty!). The pizza disappeared fast and was just what the doctor ordered.


Fast and Easy Pizza Dough
makes enough for one large pizza crust

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. wheat flour
1 (.25 oz.) package active dry yeast
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 c. warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. marjoram
1 Tbsp. rosemary, chopped

1. Combine flour, salt, sugar, garlic powder, marjoram, rosemary, and yeast in a large bowl.

2. Mix in oil and warm water.

3. Spread out on a large pizza pan. Top with your favorite toppings.

4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }



Amalas September 24, 2008 at 7:59 am

Turkey pepperoni is the best! Taste-wise, you can’t tell the difference from regular pepperoni. And it’s so much better for you. That pizza looks awesome!

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Shanda September 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

Looks great! I second the turkey pepperoni. I have always used turkey pepperoni and one day when we were shopping & I threw some in the cart my husband about had a heart attack and said no way, I like the regular pizza and I said hun, that is what I've always used! You like Turkey Pepperoni! I'm anxious to try your wheat crust though! That looks really good!

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dreamjuggalette September 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for posting a recipe for pizza crust. The last time I made home made pizza crust, my husband told me not to do it again, because it didn’t cook all the way through. But this seems pretty easy, maybe I’ll try my hand at it one more time.

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Bentoist September 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Fuji Mama, your post cracked me up utterly. After all your hard labor, Mr. Fuji went and had pizza. It sounded like what my husband would do if and when I get around to having babies. Love the idea of healthy pizza though. I keep packets of instant yeast in my pantry for that. But sometimes, I cheat and buy pizza dough from Trader Joe’s.

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Jen September 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Man, you are good!

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Tartelette September 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm

You can’t drop the P-bombshell on my blog and run away like that youg lady!! (yippee)
Do tell :)

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Abigail September 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Ooooh, wish I could get a pizza that big in my little Japanese oven! I’d have to make 4 pizzas to do the same thing, probably. I usually don’t even bother trying to make a batch of cookies anymore because it takes 3 stinkin’ days! :)

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Lolly September 25, 2008 at 6:36 am

I loved that story!!

and I loves me some pizza!

I will have to give this recipe a try!

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Jason September 25, 2008 at 7:51 am

Turkey pastrami tastes the same without the grease. Thanks for post I was thinking of doing a pizza on the grill this weekend, now I definitely am.

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Esteban September 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Not enough cheese!

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Denise P September 25, 2008 at 12:27 pm

that crust definatly looks like it’s worth a try (usually I’m a bobali woman)

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Goldie September 25, 2008 at 11:50 pm

I never heard of no rise pizza dough. Hmm… I will have to try it, especially since I occasionally forget to start it in the breadmachine early enough. We also use whole wheat in ours too. Sometimes we don’t even use tomato sauce, just homemade pesto sauce, veggies and maybe a sprinkle of fresh parmesan. Another healthy alternative :) But I do love me my CHEESE!!

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Damaris September 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

that Pizza does look good. i am craving pizza big time and I just ate. sigh!

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Nicole October 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Looks good! I feel for you…. I was in labor for 26 hours before my doctor decided the baby wasn’t coming out that way and had the c-section.

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Emily November 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Thanks for the simple pizza crust. I found a recipe on another site but this recipe is more simple and fast to do then the one I found before. Thank you! :D

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TheGourmetGirl March 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I make a stuffed pizza and thought I’d give your crust a try. We’ll see how it turns out tonight.

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TheGourmetGirl March 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

I took the liberty of modifying your recipe and the result was fantastic. I have posted a piece on my blog and gave you credit for the inspiration for the crust. Be sure you check it out http://www.kitchenrap.blogspot.com
Elaine

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Sheri April 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

Hi thank you for your simple one hour bread recipe I love it and make 2 to 4 loaves at least once a week now. I was looking at your pizza dough recipe and you have one packet of instant yeast what would that be if I just had a bag of Saff instant Yeast. and do you have a cinnamon bread recipe thank you sheri

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