I grew up with a mom who made homemade pizza- we rarely did pizza delivery from big chains- no, she made the most amazing dough from scratch, chopped tomatoes and herbs and simmered homemade tomato sauce on the stove, cut fresh veggies, and baked the pizzas to perfection. I would definitely say I have high pizza expectations because I was spoiled in this way! Homemade pizza has actually become our family’s Christmas eve tradition. My mom preps the pizzas, we leave for Christmas eve service at church, and we come home and bake them, chow down, and then watch Elf. It is one of my very favorite traditions.
Well, about a year ago I had a hankering to make homemade pizza but I don’t have a bread machine to make the dough like my mom does so I googled and googled for recipes but didn’t find one that satisfied. I have been making a homemade naan bread for years now and I had a brilliant idea to make pizza with my naan bread and boy it did not disappoint!
Pizza is fun because you get to be as creative as you want with it. So many options for sauces and toppings etc. I am going to share my naan recipe below and how I like to build my pizzas. Once you’ve made the naan you can pick and choose how to dress it all up.
Get ready to unbutton your top pant button cause you’re gonna want to eat a lot of this, folks. Enjoy some photos and scroll down for the recipe.
1.5 C warm water
1 tbs sugar
1 packet of active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp salt
3 cups whole wheat flour (or regular flour)
A jar of your favorite tomato sauce (I love Bertolli or DeLallo)
Pesto adds a beautiful, bold flavor
Fresh chopped veggies- I love bell peppers, onion, artichoke, pepperoncini’s, tomato, spinach
Cheese- I love using fresh mozzarella, asiago, parmesan, feta, or goat cheese
a small drizzle of olive oil + dash of salt and pepper on top is amazing
- in a bowl combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. No need to stir. Let it sit for 5 minutes and when you come back to it, it should be all foamy.
- add salt and flour. Mix. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated turn out onto a floured workspace. A silpat baking mat is best. Knead dough into a ball and add back into an oiled bowl which prevents the dough from sticking to the sides. Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise for 45 minutes (not necessary but helpful to be in a warm area).
- once 45 mins is up the dough should have risen about 2-3x it’s size. Turn it out onto your floured workspace and separate into 3 even balls. With a rolling pin roll out the 3 dough balls to a circular shape (sometimes they are misshapen and that is totally fun. It still tastes the same, I promise).
- Add a small amount of olive oil to a stove top skillet and heat over medium heat. Add one thing of dough and cook about 1-3 mins on each side.
***If you have a stand mixer with a bread hook use this once all ingredients are incorporated!
- add a nice layer of tomato sauce to the naan and dot with pesto if desired.
- add on your veggies
- add on your cheese
- add salt and pepper if desired
- Bake on 350 F for 15-25 mins or until cheese is melted and slightly golden/beginning to brown.