We love flatbread pizza! (Who doesn’t?) And I love to make homemade, healthy meals for my family. Saturday night is pizza night at our house and everyone gets involved! Reed has lots of fun making his own dinner. Pizza is a perfect meal to get your minis involved in the kitchen. I have searched for years to find the best, healthy, simple ingredient flatbread pizza dough recipe. I am happy to say my search is finally over.
I have tried at least fifteen different recipes, most calling for special ingredients or offering ‘secret tips’. I’ve come to learn that simple is usually best! A few recipes I tried were definitely yummy but would often have too much flavour for my liking.
Below I share my recipe, a combination of all of my findings, for the Best Flatbread Pizza Dough.
5 cups of bread flour 1 1/2 tsp active yeast 1 1/2 tsp course sea salt 2 cups plus 2 tbsp of COLD water 1-2 tbsp olive oil
1. In your Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, mix the flour, yeast and salt until well incorporated.
2. Switch to the dough blade and pour in the COLD water.
3. Knead for 6 – 8 minutes. (The dough should not stick to the sides of the bowl, a bit to the bottom is okay.) If the dough is too sticky add a bit of flour, if it’s too dry add a bit of water.
4. Meanwhile, spread some olive oil on a large cookie sheet.
5. Remove the dough from the Stand Mixer bowl and place on baking sheet. Cut into 3 portions and form into balls (you can do 4 smaller portions as well).
6. Spread a touch of olive oil over the top of each dough ball and set the baking sheet in a warm place. (Sometimes I place the dough inside the oven while rising to avoid drafts. Another option is to cover the dough with plastic wrap, just know that the plastic will stick to the dough when you remove it.)
7. Let rise for a least 2 hours but not more than 3 hours.
From Dough to Flatbread Pizza
8. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (or as hot as your oven will go.) Place Pizza Stones in the oven to bring up to temperature.
9. Spread bread flour on rolling surface (I use my quartz countertops) and roll the dough. Do your best to avoid rolling the edges if you want the crust to be fluffier than the base. I use a French Rolling Pin and it works well for this.
10. Remove the hot pizza stones from the oven and place dough on. Return to oven and cook for about 10 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden.
11. Remove from the oven and carefully push down any bubbles that may have formed on the base of the pizza. Leave the crust bubbles, it’s the best part!
12. Add your toppings. (I love to use preservative free tomato sauce, it offers a much more authentic flavor.)
13. Cook for about 15 minutes and then broil for a few minutes to get that charred, woodfire pizza flavor.
Serve and enjoy pizza night with your family (or as we sometimes do, for a stay-in date night (see post here), with a glass of red wine!)
Does your family have pizza night? How do you get your kids involved in the kitchen? I would love to hear from you, leave a comment below!