The thought of pizza makes me hungry.
The thought of homemade pizza makes me happy and nostalgic.
I was a lucky kid for many reasons. (I could list those reasons for you, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the pizza). One reason was that my mom made pizza with homemade dough ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously. It was awesome. Of course, when I was a kid, I didn’t really see the novelty of this, so I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have at the time. But, that’s neither here nor there. I totally appreciate it now!
The toppings here are my creation. But, the dough? The dough is my mom’s recipe. It really is so simple and inexpensive to make your own pizza dough. And, there’s something therapeutic about all that kneading. If you haven’t tried it yet, you must.
This pizza, considering the cream sauce, is surprisingly light. I love the flavor of leeks, and when you combine a leek sauce with fresh tomatoes and crumbly goat cheese, you get a pretty bright result. You can adjust the type of pan and baking times to your liking. I like a sturdy, almost crunchy crust, so that’s what the times in this recipe will give you. I also used a round pizza pan that has holes in the bottom (like this one), so that choice added to the extra firm crust as well.
Ok, let’s get to it!
- ~~~Pizza dough~~~
- 1 ( ¼ oz. ) envelope rapid rise dry yeast
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 cup warm water, divided
- 3 cups flour
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- ~~~Pizza topping~~~
- 2 T. butter
- 1 T. olive oil
- 2 leeks (white and light green parts), thoroughly cleaned and roughly chopped
- 2 T. flour
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ¾ cups shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 3 medium ripe tomatoes, seeded and sliced
- ½ - 1 cup grated mozzarella or fontina cheese
- 8 large basil leaves, roughly chopped
- For the dough: Mix the yeast, sugar, and ¼ cup of the warm water together, and let sit for 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the flour, olive oil, salt and remaining ¾ cup warm water together in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture. Stir well and then turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 7-10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
- Drizzle some olive oil in a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it over so it is all coated in the oil. Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and let the dough rise until double in size (mine took a little more than an hour).
- For the topping: Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook for 7-8 minutes until they’ve softened and started to brown. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
- Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Off the heat, add salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Shape the dough onto a baking pan (16” round or 12x18” cookie sheet). Leaving a 1” border, poke the middle of the crust multiple times with a fork so it doesn’t rise too much during the first baking. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Top with leek sauce, again leaving a 1” border around the outside. Top with sliced tomatoes, and crumble the goat cheese evenly over top. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Place shredded cheese on at the last minute and melt. Garnish with chopped basil.