Did you know you can make your own pizza dough in less than five minutes? No long wait times waiting for the yeast to activate and no heavy kneading. On those Friday nights when you’d like to whip up something quick with some basic pantry ingredients and a few leftovers from the refrigerator, it’s great to know how to make this 4-ingredient homemade beer dough pizza.
But before I get there, I’d like to tell you about a documentary series I just watched on Netflix. Down to Earth staring Zac Efron and Darin Olien will take you on a journey to eight countries where they explore the earth, the culture, the people, the food, the energy.
Visit Iceland and see their renewable energy sources and their healing lake.
See how Paris has created one of the best tap water systems in the world and learn the differences in bottled water.
Learn why Sardinia, Italy has some of the highest numbers of centenarians in the world and how they attribute their longevity to their plant-based and whole-grain way of eating.
Visit labs that protect thousands of potato species in case there’s ever a food famine. Turn a concrete wall into a green wall. And much more.
What an inspirational and motivational documentary to make us want to do better.
Now on to the pizza…
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- One 12-ounce bottled beer. A lighter beer such as Bud Light preferred.
I’m a lazy cook. I admit it.
When a recipe says to put all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another before you mix them together, I don’t. I put them all in the same bowl.
I do add them in the order listed in the recipe though. That must count for something.
So do just that.
Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and beer to a large mixing bowl and using a wide mixing attachment (not the wire one you would mix wet ingredients with) mix the dough on low speed for about 2 minutes.
The dough will be sticky. Remove from the bowl and place it on a flour-dusted surface or cutting/prep sheet. Dust the top of the dough with flour. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Knead the dough for about 1 minute but folding the inside edges into the center then pushing down. Do this several times. Dust with more flour if the dough is sticky.
Begin to flatten and spread the dough into a circle.
Using a small paper towel, wipe a very small amount of olive oil onto a round, metal pizza sheet like THIS one with the holes.
Transfer the dough to the pizza sheet. Spread the dough to the edges of the pan. Brush the dough with a small amount of olive oil.
Bake the dough at 400 degrees F for about 5-7 minutes (until it begins to fluff and feel slightly crispy).
Remove the pizza crust from oven, add your favorite pizza toppings.
Add Pizza Toppings
Add your favorite pizza toppings. For this pizza, I layered:
- Tomato sauce (we like Prego Fresh Mushroom tomato sauce)
- Whole milk Ricotta cheese
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Crumbled sweet Italian sausage (remove sausage from casings and fry in a pan until cooked through)
- Fresh basil (add this after the cooked pizza is removed from the oven)
Bake for another 10-12 minutes.