Is there anything better than homemade pizza? I love the whole process, including the anticipation as you wait for it to cook. This month Lina is hosting theMay Pizza Challenge, and I couldn’t resist joining in. I simply love making my own pizza and it is such a treat for my family. I almost always make garlic knots to give them the whole experience. I decided to make a deep dish pizza, using my own dough recipe. It is a very nice deep dish pizza, and is super easy to make. I decided to stick with a cheese pizza and a homemade sauce. Although I enjoy toppings, sometimes it is just nice to have a cheese pizza. I hope you enjoy this recipe 😀
Sift the flour and then add the cornmeal and salt, and stir well with a whisk.
Add the warm water to a warmed mixer bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit for 3-5 minutes and then stir around to finish dissolving.
Add the olive oil, honey, and flour mixture. Using the dough hook, mix on low until the dough comes together (about 1 minute). If using the mixer to knead, continue on low for 4 minutes (checking it along the way). The dough should be slightly sticky, soft, and spring back when poked. Form a ball and place in an oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough on top. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
Generously oil your pan or pans of choice ( I used 2 9 in. round stoneware pie pans) with at least 1/2 Tbsp of oil per pan. I sometimes use a 10 x 15.5 in. rectangular stoneware baking sheet, and I use 1 Tbsp of oil on it. Ensure whatever pan you use, is at least 1 in. deep on the sides.
Remove the dough and gently place on a floured surface, and pat down into a rectangle. Cut into 2 equal pieces (if using a rectangular pan, keep it in one piece). Gently roll or pat out the dough into a circle, which is a little larger than your pie pan. Lift the dough and place it in the pan. Using both hands, form the dough to the pan and form a crust. Cut excess dough off with scissors as needed, as you are forming the crust. I only went halfway up in my pie pans, but if you are using a pan which is 1 in deep, you will want to have your crust formed to the top.
Cover and let rest for at least 15 minutes. While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Don't forget to use up that left-over pizza dough, and make garlic knots.
Gently brush a thin layer of sauce on the dough and place in the oven for about 5 minutes, to start cooking the bottom. It should just start to cook when removed from the oven. You don' t want any browning.
Add the pizza sauce evenly over the dough and top with cheeses and favorite toppings. Place back in the oven, and cook for 17-20 minutes. You are looking for the bottom to be a light golden brown, and the top crust to be golden brown. If the top is cooking too fast, you may have to gently place a large piece of aluminum foil over the top (not touching the cheese), so that you can control the browning. If the bottom hasn't browned when the pizza is ready, gently remove it from the pan and place it directly on the lowest rack for a minute or two watching it closely.
Remove the pizza and let it rest for a couple of minutes before cutting, and enjoy!