Homemade pepperoni pizza

Skip ordering and make your own incredibly delicious and easy pepperoni pizza! Homemade but tastes as good as your favourite pizza place!

2h 5m prep

2h 20m total

moderate difficulty

Jaclyn Bell Author

cookingclassy.com

Method

1

For the pizza dough:
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine yeast, 2 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup warm water and whisk until the yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest 5 minutes. Add in remaining 1 cup warm water, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Fit mixer with the whisk attachment, set on low speed and slowly add in 1 3/4 cups of the flour and mix until combined.
Switch to a dough hook and slowly add in remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, then knead mixture on medium-low speed for about 5 – 7 minutes, adding in up to an additional 1/2 cup flour as needed, until dough is smooth and elastic (dough should be slightly sticky but should not stick to a clean fingertip). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

pizza dough

2

For the pizza sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Preferably let rest for 30 minutes (while the dough is rising) to allow flavours to meld.

pizza sauce

3

To assemble pizza:
Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat oven to 450°F or 230°C. While oven preheats assemble the pizza. Punch down pizza dough (divide into two equal 16 oz portions, freeze one in a resealable bag for later use or make 2 pizzas right away). Place a sheet of parchment paper over a pizza peel, then lightly dust parchment paper with flour. Pat/roll and stretch the dough on the pizza peel to a 13-inch round while creating a rim along edge of the dough.
Using a fork (without piercing all the way through) pierce dough many times over surface. In a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp olive oil with 1 clove garlic and brush evenly over top and edges of pizza, then evenly spread about 2/3 cup of the pizza sauce over pizza (leaving rim uncoated).
Top evenly with cheeses (again leaving rim uncoated) and pepperoni slices (if using turkey pepperoni, I recommend adding halfway through baking). Carefully slide the pizza (on parchment paper) to the preheated pizza stone in the oven and bake 12 – 15 minutes until crust is golden.

pizza assembly

4

Remove from oven, sprinkle top with oregano and optional red pepper flakes. Cut into slices and serve.

 

homemade pepperoni pizza slice

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