Love pizza made fresh at home but never have the time? Try this 15 Minute Beer Pizza Dough and have a homemade pizza out of the oven faster than a delivery!
I’ve been on a mission of sorts this past week; determined to create a recipe to make homemade pizza making easier. Real homemade. I’ve used naan in a pinch but my favorite dough was always one I could find at Sprouts grocery. It was made by an Italian bakery and in the freezer section. A day spent defrosting in the fridge and it was ready for toppings and in the oven by dinner time.
A recent trip to the market and it’s gone. GONE! As in they won’t be carrying it anymore. Always seems the case; I find something I think indispensable and it disappears; don’t tell me your favorites in the event it’s catching.
I found a local pizza shop that would sell me dough but it wasn’t frozen so I would have to get there at opening and hurry home to freeze it before it started to rise; seemed antithetical to my plan of ease though.
So…nothing else to do but make my own. It’s not like I’ve never made pizza dough but I don’t relish the time it takes to mix, proof, and proof some more. I’ll do that for a great bread but not for pizza dough.
Hmm, bread…that got me thinking. I have been making this Coors Beer Bread that we love since arriving in Denver; using beer as the yeast ingredient meant no rising time or waiting required. You simply mix the ingredients and put it in the oven; so tasty too. Why couldn’t I do that with pizza dough?
Well, by George, I think I’ve done it! There have been numerous trials too, such a tough job having to test pizza after pizza. I even had to call my neighbors Sam and Sherry and their girls into action…but they’re used to it. My army of eaters! I’ve got another recipe for plain dough I might post soon that’s even quicker than this dough and is minus the beer but this was the best.
Not just the beer part either, which does affect taste but is most important as the leavening agent. I’ve added garlic powder, olive oil, and honey to the basics of flour, beer, sugar and salt. A bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar brushed on the dough before other ingredients was in keeping with the flavor profile I was after.
I don’t know about you but I like a crust with real flavor, not just a cardboard placeholder for the good stuff. This fit the bill perfectly. Even that edge was so good the dog missed out; sorry Spot, next time buddy.
So my testing was twofold; first to see if I could accomplish a good flavor and rise with my ingredients in a short period of time but also to see if I could realize the same results after freezing the dough. The good news is yes, and yes.
My taste testers loved it and even though I might have had my fill of pizza, I made another one yesterday with the frozen dough. It was perfect. I let mine sit on the counter for a couple of hours to thaw and then put it in an 85 degree oven for 10 minutes and it proofed up beautifully.
For this pizza, after the olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the crust, I followed up with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil chiffonade and pillows of cream cheese. Once it had baked I tossed on some fresh basil and toasted pine nuts. Eye rolling good I promise.
I’ll do a separate post soon with particulars and also one for the Spinach, Mushroom, Artichoke, and bacon version we loved. Clearly it’s evident why I don’t order pizza delivery isn’t it? Ever since making the trek to Bonnie Brae Tavern years ago with my girls when we ordered their White Pizza, I’ve never looked back. I’m just not into the pizza staples of pizza sauce, pepperoni, or sausage and prefer mixing it up with ingredients I love.
A recipe for ingredients isn’t required so much as simply using ingredients on hand and your imagination. Check out the last one below where I had to stretch that notion to its limits and the results were fantastic.
I know a lot of people swear by a pizza stone too but I personally find them a royal pain. Heating them in the oven to get blistering hot and then moving a pizza onto one of them? Maybe in a pizza oven but not my oven; I have a regular size range but with two ovens; I got over trying to do that job in the larger of the two that’s at the bottom. So I punted…I make mine in cast iron skillets. I LOVE the crispiness of the crust.
Since I was making two, the second was baked in this white Le Creuset knockoff from Amazon. Both gave us the same crispy crust. When it came time to serve dinner, I slid the pizzas out of the skillet, sliced them and then put the slices back in. Nice bonus is the skillets keep the slices warm for a bit.
This is my ‘Hodge Podge Pizza’ I mentioned above. My friends think I’m the mad scientist sometimes because I’ll open the fridge and start throwing stuff together and yes, this was the most unique of the batch and equally good. I had some leftover lobster bisque (from Walmart in the deli case), fresh asparagus (use just the tips; the stalks are great in soup like this Cream of Asparagus Soup with Garlic and Parmesan), a couple of strips of bacon and just enough mushrooms to matter.
I know I have friends waiting for me to get this post published…only wish you were closer. I have so much pizza on hand I could start a ‘pizza by the slice’ business! But you’re not, so you have to make it yourself; hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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15 Minute Beer Pizza Dough
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 ½ tsp or two 1/4 oz packets; each 2 1/4 tsp Bread or Rapid Rise Yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ⅓ cup very warm beer; almost one can heated to 120° to 130° F - I heated mine in the microwave in 20 second increments; it took about 4 of those but check yours closely as microwaves differ in power. Or use a pan over low heat on the stove. Caution...yeast will die if too hot; your beer has to be in the range shown.
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil divided
- Olive Oil
- 2-3 cups shredded cheese
- Assorted toppings of your choice
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Combine 3 cups of flour, dry yeast, sugar, salt, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl with dough hook and whisk together. Combine beer, honey, and 2 Tbsp olive oil; heat until about 125 degrees; immediately pour into dry ingredients in a bowl. Using a fork, mix until well blended. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. More flour will be added as you knead the dough.
- Knead using your mixer with dough hook for about 4 minutes or knead it by hand on a floured surface, adding additional flour from the remaining cup only as necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, covered and in a warm location.
- Separate into 2 or 3 equal pieces depending on the amount of pizza you want to make. One piece will make a 12" pizza.
- Grease your preferred baking method with a bit of olive oil. Roll dough on a floured counter to a 12-inch circle and place in greased cast iron skillet (12"), greased pizza pan or on a baking sheet. Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.
- Brush the dough with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and if desired, lightly salt the rim.
- Add your favorite toppings; you'll need about 2 cups of shredded cheese on the bottom, whatever other toppings you love, and another half cup (or more) cheese to sprinkle on top.
- Bake on lowest rack for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is lightly browned. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then slice and serve.
- If you don't have a thermometer, water should feel warm to the touch. Yeast can be killed if the water is too hot; having an inexpensive thermometer on hand can be a valuable tool. I use one like this from Amazon.
- To knead the dough by hand, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Flatten dough and fold it toward you.Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away with a rolling motion. Rotate dough a quarter turn and repeat the "fold, push and turn" steps. Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and elastic. Use a little more flour if dough becomes too sticky, always working the flour into the ball of dough.
- If I want a warm place to proof my dough, I turn on the oven for a couple of minutes on the lowest temp, then turn it off and place the covered bowl with dough in the oven. You can turn the oven up to 425 degrees after you proof and remove the dough; it will heat up while you prepare your pizza.