Remember back when I had that unbelievable foodie fail with the microwave pizza mug?! Well I refused to let my Super Fast, Easy & Tasty Pizza Sauce go to waste! And, I wanted pizza damn it! Not just pizza, the best pizza I could possibly make because I have not had any takeout for months.
I was drawn to using my medium-sized cast iron pan and studied recipes to come up with my own. I also got the help of the bread maker my Auntie Laima gave me but you do not need one for this recipe if you are OK kneading the dough by hand.
The Pizza Crust
For the dough you will need: 1 1/2 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 cup warm water, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 cups flour and 2 tbsp olive oil.
I only have traditional yeast so even though I was going to use my bread maker I had to proof the yeast ahead of time. If you have instant or bread maker yeast you can skip this step.
Put sugar and yeast in warm (not hot) water.
Stir and let activate for 10 minutes.
Put salt, flour, olive oil and yeast mixture into bread maker and choose dough cycle.
Check on dough to make sure it is coming together. Too dry? Add warm water. Too wet? Add a little flour.
Or! Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl and add mixture. Stir to combine and then knead for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and then a clean towel. Put in a warm spot and let rise.
The Sauce And Toppings
For the sauce you can find my fantastic recipe here! For the toppings I used: red peppers, sliced cherry tomatoes, parcooked bacon lardons and mozzarella.
Bringing The Pizza Together
I used half the dough for a medium cast iron pan. Feel free to use all of it is you have a big enough pan. If you do, increase cooking time!
Heat small cast iron medium heat. Preheat oven 425F. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Add dough, veggies meat, cheese.
Bake 17-20 minutes, until the crust is crunchy on the outside…
Light and fluffy on the inside.
Hot damn this was incredible! Absolutely delicious if you like deep dish pizza. The sauce, the bacon, the veggies with that crispy but heavenly dough… Honestly, I do not know how I am going to go back to ordinary pizza after this. This was so good!!! Heating the cast iron and crisping the dough before it goes into the oven worked perfectly.
Because of my having to move, I have had to go out way more than I am comfortable with during the pandemic. I have needed a pantry, cooking supplies… Remember, this is the first place of my own since I moved back to Toronto from Vancouver. The one thing I can do is make takeout-style food at home and where to start? Pizza. All takeout begins with pizza. Next? Probably burgers but I am not sure yet.
What takeout have you been missing?
Debra She Who Seeks says
Man, that pizza looks delicious! I haven’t really been missing any takeout — well, except for maybe some good Asian food. That’s the one thing I can’t reproduce at home. Oh, and sinfully decadent desserts, but I shouldn’t be eating them anyway. And I can’t make those at home because I would eat the whole thing and even I recognize that would be a BAD IDEA.
Suzie the Foodie says
Oh yes! Sushi for me, since that is something I haven’t made on my own. That’s true! Eating everything yourself is a tough one. I am going to bake a bread today and then share with my roommates. If I have the energy.
Question….I have jarred dough from my CSA box…jar is 12oz size. My cast iron is 10″…would that be enough dough? Or should I use two?
Do I roll it out flat? That wasnt mentioned. . .
Suzie the Foodie says
My cast iron pan is 9″ wide at the top, 7″ at the base. I think this is more than enough dough because I split mine in half. I did not roll it out, just formed it a little with my fingers before adding it to the hot pan but you can if you want!
Rain Frances says
HOT DAMN IS RIGHT SUZIE….I’m in love with this post! I’m so craving pizza now. I have to find some cast iron pans and soon! Since we’re so rural, we don’t get takeout anymore. I have a good pizza recipe thankfully…I also can make a killer fish and chips…our burger recipes are good too. We do miss Chinese takeout though. I make that once in a while but it doesn’t taste the same! Another thing I haven’t perfected yet is the onion ring. We don’t deep fry here because we can’t stand the smell of the oil, but one of these days I may succumb to buying a deep fryer if we can leave it on the porch after we use it! A&W has the best onion rings in my opinion and one day I want to figure out their recipe!
Suzie the Foodie says
Oh thank you!!! I am so glad you liked it and I am craving pizza now too, LOL. Yes, once you get away from the urban life you have to depend on yourself for your takeout favourites and I am so glad I finally came up with a serious contender. Oh wow, those all sound so good! Yes, I have tried to make my own takeout Chinese food too but it is never as good. I never know what to do with the leftover oil so I don’t deep fry either. I agree, A&W rings are fantastic! I also like, believe it or not, Burger King. My mom got me hooked on those as a kid.