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My favorite way to eat pizza is from scratch! Learn how to make homemade pizza with the best ingredients!
It's not often that I can convince my husband to have pizza. I'm the lover of all things bready and cheesy, whereas he is all about clean “caveman” eating. So we pretty much never order pizza, unless I am lucky enough to get some when we are visiting family or friends.
But then I made pizza at home one day, and boy gobbled that thing up like he hadn't eaten in weeks. I was all *scratching chin emoji*/*shifty eye emoji* because I saw my opportunity.
If I am craving a pizza fix, which is often, all I have to do was make it at home to his liking. You see, his problem was with pizza shops making them with too much dough and cheese, rather than a nice crust to toppings ratio.
I got you, boo.
I know that when we do have takeout pizza, he by default wants either bbq chicken or buffalo chicken, so when I got the idea to sway him toward my favorite dish at home, I obviously went with one of his favorites.
Enter Sweet Whiskey BBQ Chicken Pizza.
Way back in the day, I made a bbq sauce from scratch, and we have since used it on so many different recipes, and this one is no exception! There is just something about the sweet and savory flavor of bbq chicken coupled with the cheese and sauce that makes me drool all over the place.
Like making dough from scratch, making your own sauce seriously takes your recipes to the next level. If you are following this recipe, I would recommend making your sauce ahead of time so that it's ready to go when you're ready to bake!
How to Make Homemade Pizza Dough
Now, I would consider myself to be a bit of a pizza snob. I remember growing up and sometimes making personal-sized pizzas at home on pre-made doughs, and even at 8 years old, I knew there had to be a better option.
Honestly, if you're going to do it up at home, there is nothing better than a homemade crust. Through a series of trial and error, I've found Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast to reap the best results. I use it for all of my breads and now also, my crusts!
Baking with yeast from scratch simply has better results; the taste, the quality of the bread, the crunch, everything. Though you do have to spend a little time measuring, mixing, and kneading, you're going to end up with a quality end result that you'll want to make over and over again (seriously, there's no going back after you do it once!).
Not to mention the pride you'll feel when you tell your family that yes, it is entirely homemade! So worth it.
How To Bake With Yeast
A lot of people are afraid to make pizza doughs (or any doughs) from scratch, thinking it's intimidating, but it's really not. It requires few ingredients and is an incredibly simple process, even for beginners who have never baked with yeast before. All you have to do is dissolve the yeast in warm water, add the remaining ingredients, and knead for 4-5 minutes. Let it sit for 10 more minutes and you're ready to load it up with your favorite pizza toppings! I follow this recipe for 30-minute pizza crust.
When using Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast, it's very important to make sure that the water is lukewarm; not cold, not hot. If your water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and thus, your precious dough.
Just add the water heated to 120˚F-130˚F and follow the instructions on the package. I would recommend using a thermometer to check the temperature before adding the yeast.
I'd also like to point out that you should check the expiration date on your yeast before using it. We often overlook expiration dates when it comes to baking ingredients, and expired yeast is often the culprit behind dough that doesn't rise.
Related: Sweet Whiskey BBQ Sauce
Tips For the Best 30-minute Pizza
- Heat your pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
- Use Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast when you're in a rush: We get it, there isn't always time to wait for that dough to rise! Luckily, Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast only takes ten minutes; yes, TEN minutes to rise. Talk about a no-brainer.
- Prepare your chicken and sauce in advance: These take the longest to prepare independently and can easily be done hours ahead of dinner time. If you're really crunched for time, make them the day before so they're ready when you are.
We're willing to bet you won't bother with takeout pizza anymore!
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