Foodie Friday: Homemade Pizza

One of our favorite foods here at the Strawser household is homemade pizza. We make it at least once a week – it’s definitely a staple in our menu plan.

A few years ago I came across a recipe for homemade pizza that I started using, but over the years I’ve tweaked it to make it my own. I guess that, to me, recipes are just a suggestion. I like to make them my own. A little bit more of this, a little less of that.

I guess I’m just a rule-breaker.

Anyways, let’s get started here.

First, your ingredients:  

  • 3-4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup water


Mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt together in large bowl. As a side note, I love to use our large, purple tupperware bowl – for more than 1 reason. First reason is…well, it’s purple. Secondly, it’s REALLY easy to clean later.


In a separate bowl or large cup, mix water and milk and warm in microwave until warm. (I usually use the beverage button on our microwave which is a minute and thirty seconds long).


Mix the milk and water mixture in with your dry ingredients. Your dough will probably be sticky, in which case add more flour until it’s no longer sticky to touch. Should look like this:


Once mixed well, cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for 25 minutes.

After dough has set for 25 minutes, take out of the bowl and cut into 2 equal size portions (dough may be sticky again and you might have to use more flour to get it from the sides of the bowl.) We usually make our pizzas on two rectangular cookie sheets.


Top with your favorite ingredients and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.


We usually top ours with ham lunch meat and real bacon bits.

And of course, you need to see the finished product! And it’s oh-so-yummy, too!


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  • Yummy! Ashley, do you all put pizza sauce on the pizza before the cheese and toppings? Just curious, thanks!

    • ashstraws

      Yes, Mike, we put Ragu pizza sauce on it. 🙂

  • Roberta Peavey

    LOVE the new site!! And, of course, the pizza recipe too. 🙂

    • ashstraws

      Thanks Roberta! 🙂 I hope to keep it going for quite a while. I really am enjoying being in the blogosphere again!

  • Shannon Ehrisman

    Love the blog you need to teach me how to do this! 🙂

  • Ashley- case closed, you did inspire me! I make my pizza (on our outdoor grill) about once a week too. I make my own sauce, and grate fresh mozzarella but I buy the dough from the local pizzeria. Your recipe looks so easy and yummy, I’m going to give it a go next week. Thank you!!

    • You’ll have to let us know what you think of it! We’ve tried a LOT of crust recipes over the years – this one is a combination of a few of them – trying to get it JUST right. 🙂

  • Annette

    Yummo! Are you having this tonight? I really don’t live that far away ya know!!!! JK

  • Theresa Campbell

    I can’t wait to try this pizza dough! ours have always flopped and this one seems pretty simple. I am adding homemade pizzas to my weekly menu 🙂 Thanks, Ashley