Actually we haven't had delivery pizza for a long time now. A few months ago, I started buying Boboli pizza crust from the supermarket after my friend Nancy introduced me to it at her home. I thought it tasted way better than Pizza Hut pizzas, so I wrote to Boboli and got some coupons in the mail & that's how we eat pizza at home. But, boboli pizza crust is not cheap. For the 3 of us, we need 1 large crust and that's $5. So, I thought I should make my own. Tonight, I made my own pizza crust and it turned out yummy. We are never going to buy pizza crust or order Pizza Hut again (well, at least not in the US. I can't resist Octopus Pizza from Pizza Hut in Taiwan).
Anyhow, here is the receipe I used for my pizza crust. DH said that it was the best pizza he ever had (of course he had to say that since he is my husband after all, LOL). Though I have to admit, I was very happy with how it turned out.
The most expensive part of my homemade pizza was actually the beer. I brough the cheapest beer I could find in the supermarket. 6 bottles for $4.99. I used half of the pizza dough I made for my pizza (on half of a cookie sheet) and that was enough to feed me, DH and DD. There was even enough leftover for DH to take for lunch tomorrow. The cost to make a whole cookie sheet of pizza was about $2.50 (with toppings) and I think that would have been enough to feed 4 adults.
1 cup flat beer
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon of basil
4 cloves of garlic (we love garic, so I use 4, if you don't like garic much, you can just use 2 cloves).
Put beer, butter, sugar, salt, flour, and yeast in a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting, and press Start.
(If you don't have a bread machine, dissolve the yeast in beer in a large bowl and then mix everything together. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Then pick up with rolling out the dough.)
Remove dough from bread machine when cycle is complete. Roll or press dough to cover a prepared pizza pan. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spread sauce and toppings on top of dough. Bake until crust is lightly brown and crispy on the outside, about 24 minutes.