Friday night Focaccia Pizza and a movie with our family is a great tradition. The kids (and adults) never tire of homemade pizza! I love that this recipe is fluffy, completely customizable, and so much better than take out. Serve alongside a fresh veggie and fruit tray and you have an easy meal the whole family will love. The best part? You can make this in about one hour using my tips on how to bake bread in half the time!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Inactive time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 15-20 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
1 1/3 Cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar (or honey)
2 Pkgs. Active-Dry Yeast (4 tsp.)
3 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp. Real Salt
Pizza sauce (marinara, Alfredo, olive oil, etc.)
Pizza toppings (we like sautéed mushrooms, bacon or sausage, red onions, etc.)
2 Cups Shredded Cheese
- Add warm water and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl). Sprinkle yeast on top and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes, until the yeast is foamy.
- Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly add the flour, salt and olive oil. Alternatively, you can use a wooded spoon to combine ingredients. Dough should be slightly sticky, but form into a ball. Add up to ½ more flour, if needed.
- Let dough sit in the bowl for 10 minutes to rest. Preheat oven to 200°. Once oven is up to temp, turn it off, but leave the oven light on and the door closed.
- Remove dough from bowl and place on a large baking sheet that has been greased, or covered with parchment paper. Use your hands to stretch the dough into a large rectangle, about ½ inch thick. The shape will be rustic, and that’s ok!
- Place the dough in the warm oven to rise for 20 minutes.
- Take the dough out of the oven and use your finger to poke deep dents into the dough. Drizzle a tablespoon of Olive Oil over the dough and sprinkle with fresh herbs or parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Preheat oven to 400°. Place dough in the oven and back for 15 minutes, or until the dough is lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven.
- Add the pizza sauce, cheese and toppings and return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
We also make this with sourdough starter and it is amazing! Just substitute sourdough starter for the water and yeast in the recipe. You may need slightly less flour.
If you like our Focaccia Pizza recipe, you’ll love our Ham and Cheddar Sliders!