Homemade Pizza Crust 3 Ways and a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

We’ve been making homemade pizza in my family for as long as I can remember. It was a tradition started by my mother when I was a little girl. Every Saturday night was our pizza night. Today I continue that tradition with my family, making our own homemade pizza from scratch almost every weekend.

For my family, the crust is the most important part of the pizza. The pizza crust can definitely make or break your pizza. I’ve tried lots of little tips and tricks to try and continually improve my pizza dough over the years. And after all the little tricks I’ve tried, my favorite way to improve pizza dough is by adding more flavor to the crust itself.

Along with olive oil and honey, I always add onion and garlic powder to my crust. Just a little goes a long way, and makes my pizza crust taste wonderful. I also make sure to use sea or kosher salt in my crust.

Recently I also started adding herbs. This makes my pizza crust so incredibly good. You can use dry or fresh herbs. In the pizza below, I added dried basil to the pizza dough and then stuffed the crust with mozzarella string cheese. I then simply topped it with cheese and pepperoni.

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I tear my string cheese in half lengthwise before stuffing it into the crust. This creates a stuffed crust with a small amount of delicious cheese, but without all the greasy cheese ooze of some other cheese stuffed crusts.

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For this pizza crust, I added a mix of dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary). Then I used butter instead of olive oil in the crust, and brushed the crust with more melted butter after it came out of the oven. For the toppings, we used my son’s favorite, peperoni and olives.

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This pizza crust is rosemary garlic. I simply added dry rosemary with olive oil to my pizza crust. Then for the toppings we added fresh mozzarella and roma tomatoes and garnished with fresh basil.

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For all the crusts above, I made them thin, taking the recipe as it’s written below and dividing it in half to make two pizzas.

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Butter Herb, Basil Cheese Stuffed and Rosemary Garlic Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
3 - 4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 package, or 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

For the Butter Herb Crust:
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary), or 1 tablespoon fresh

For the Basil Stuffed Cheese Crust:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil, or 1 tablespoon fresh
about 6 pieces of mozzarella string cheese, torn in half lengthwise

For the Rosemary Garlic Crust:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, or 1 tablespoon fresh

Directions:

Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, onion and garlic powder in your stand mixer. Mix until yeast dissolves. Add herbs (Italian blend, basil or rosemary) and butter or olive oil. Turn mixer to low and add flour until dough starts to pull away from bowl. Knead for about 10 minutes. Dough should be sticky and smooth. Grease a large metal bowl with olive oil. Form dough into a ball and transfer to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let rise about 2 hours in a warm place, or until dough doubles in size. Punch down, from into a ball again and let rise again until it doubles in size.

Preheat oven to it's highest temperature. For thin crust, divide dough in half and roll out pizza crust to the size of pizza pan or stone. For a thicker, traditional crust use all the dough and stretch out with hands and roll until it's the size of a large pizza pan.

If you are stuffing the crust, place the string along the edges of the crust and roll the crust over the cheese, and seal the dough.

Pre-bake crust in oven set at it's highest baking temperature (mine is 550°) until crust is lightly golden. Remove crust from oven.

Spoon over pizza sauce (I use either a quality jarred pizza sauce or homemade). Layer cheese and your favorite toppings.

Bake pizza again at your oven's highest temperature until cheese is lightly browned.

Brush pizza crust with olive oil or butter after baking if desired.

For making the pizza dough, I’ve been using the same 6 quart KitchenAid® Stand Mixer for years. It’s one of my best friends in the kitchen. But when I got the opportunity to test out this big new KitchenAid beauty, I couldn’t pass it up.

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This is the new 7-quart KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

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Here’s just a few of its features:

  • 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir
  • Premium 11-wire whip quickly incorporates the needed air into mixtures for smooth, fluffy results
  • Professional Bowl-Lift design raises bowl into mixing position
  • Includes Powerknead™ Spiral Dough Hook, Flat Beater, and Stainless Steel Wire Whip
  • NSF® certified
  • 2-Year Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty

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I couldn’t’ believe how much quieter and more powerful this mixer was than my 6-quart model. Before, you couldn’t hear the television when I turned on my mixer because it was so loud. But this new high powered motor on the 7-quart is so quiet.

I also love the bowl capacity, you can make a ton of bread dough in there. And the motor is powerful and heavy enough, the mixer won’t try to jump off your counter when its kneading your dough.

And now time for the giveaway!

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To enter to win one of these fabulous mixers for yourself, along with the accessories shown, just leave a comment below telling me what your favorite pizza topping is.

For additional entries (Please leave a comment for each entry):

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Winner must be over 18 and a United States resident. I apologize to my international readers! Giveaway ends May 10 at midnight. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced the following morning. Winner has 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.

KitchenAid provided me with a stand mixer for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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    Julie — May 2, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Boo – I love pizza, and Kitchen Aid mixers, but I’m in Canada!

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    Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I love pizza. My favorite topping is black olives!
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    Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway.

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    Sarah C — May 2, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    I have to say, I am a Hawaiian pizza girl! LOVE the sweetness of the pineapple against the saltiness of the ham. Oh man, I want pizza now! Thanks for the dough recipe. I have started to make my own, but haven’t found one that is flavorful enough. MUST TRY!

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    summer dandelion bat — May 2, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Spinach! I also already like you on facenook…

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    Jenn B. — May 2, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    pepperoni and black olives or fire roasted tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 2, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    I’m a classic pepperoni and cheese kinda girl :)

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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 2, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway

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    Mark Guillory — May 2, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    after baking, top with extra parisian cheeze, then drizzel on Ranch dressing, don’t gob it on, just a fine drizzel…..

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    Sarah C — May 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Will be sharing your post in FB!!!

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    Kelly Jo — May 2, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    my favorite topping, if I can only chose one is olive- black or green

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    Fave pizza topping is black olives. Love love love it! Awesome giveaway and I totally drooled on myself looking at all of the pizzas!!
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    Sarah Walker — May 2, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    My favorite topping is green peppers!

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    Sarah C — May 2, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Pinned your rosemary garlic picture and am now following you!!!

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    I follow you on Twitter
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    Sarah C — May 2, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Liked KitchenAid on Facebook as well! Here’s hoping good luck comes my way! ;-)

    (I don’t tweet… I know, get with the times, right?!)

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    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/FarmgirlGourmet/statuses/197799547970387969
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    I follow KA on twitter
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    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned: http://pinterest.com/pin/95420085825261083/
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    I liked you on FB (how was did I not before? Mystery!)
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    I like KA on Facebook as well!!
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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    My all-time favorite pizza topping combo is sundried tomatoes, fresh garlic and ricotta cheese. :)
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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    I follow you on twitter as @onlinepastrychf
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    Alexandra R — May 2, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I adore my pizza with nothing but black olives!

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    Alexandra R — May 2, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    I follow on twitter!

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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    I’m following @KitchenAidUSA on twitter
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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest as Jenni Field. Yay:)
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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I like you on fb as Jenni Field. I didn’t know you live in Orlando. I lived there for 8 years. Hello, former neighbor:)
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    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 2, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I follow you on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Jenni — May 2, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    I also like KitchenAid on fb as Jenni Field. :)
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    My favorites are pepperoni, mushrooms and olives. What a fabulous mixer!
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    Belinda @zomppa — May 2, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Clever to put string cheese there! I LOVE these pizzas – that last one especially is stunning. Why ever order out?
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    Helen — May 2, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    I always liked PEPPERONI but I made a pizza yesterday with Kale, Red Onion & pistachios! It was quite decadent…..
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    I follow you on twitter.
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    I follow KA on twitter.
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    I follow you on Pinterest and I pinned. :)
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    I follow you on facebook.
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    Besides cheese? Mushrooms!
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    I follow ecelectic recipes on twitter
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    I follow KitchenAid on facebook.
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    I tweeted the giveaway!
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    Deb Baker — May 2, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    My fave toppings are Daiya Cheese, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, red onion, garlic…oh, I’m getting hungry now! Your crust looks fabulous!
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    I follow kitchenaid on facebook
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    Mary @ Bake Break — May 2, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    I LOVE pineapple on pizza – and spinach!

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    I follow kitchenaid on twitter
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    Mary @ Bake Break — May 2, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    I already follow KitchenAid on facebook!
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    Skylar Moon — May 2, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    My favorite topping for pizza is pancetta , goat cheese , thin sliced potatoes and mozzarella over a spicy tomato sauce . Mmmmm

  50. 51
    Cathy @ Savory Notes — May 2, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and peppers

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    Following on Twitter (@SavoryNotes)
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    Connie Bolick Lee — May 2, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    My favorite topping is sausage

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    Sally Ann Shurmur — May 2, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    My mother and I share a love of anchovies on crispy thin crust pizza. Now 80 and alone, she doesn’t get to have pizza very often — and she loves it. So when we visit, our first meal is always takeout thin crust pizza with pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms — and anchovies. Great food and better company!

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    Micaela P. — May 2, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    my two favorite pizza toppings are: Spanish chorizo, shrimp & onion, or garlic chicken, spinach, feta & Roma tomato. YUM! My husband is the pizzamaker in our house. That KA mixer would make pizza a much more frequent meal option ;)

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    Marcia — May 2, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Ok I like all kinds of things on pizza- goat cheese, olives, peppercini, Italian beef and sweet peppers-but my very favorite is just sausage and cheese!

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    Micaela P. — May 2, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Marcia — May 2, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this yummy looking pizza!

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    Micaela P. — May 2, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I follow KitchenAid on Facebook

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    Sarah Walker — May 2, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    My favorite topping is green peppers and of course lots of cheese!

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    Marcia — May 2, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I like KitchenAid on FB!

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    Carrie B — May 2, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Love pineapple!
    Awesome compliment to salt of ham our pepperoni!

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    Jenny — May 2, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is black bean, barbecue sauce and cilantro!

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    Nick Colombey — May 2, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    Pineapple and pepperoni

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    I followed you on twitter @icywit !
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    Jenny — May 2, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

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    Lydia — May 2, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    My favorite pizza topping is Pepperoni!

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    I like kitchenaid on Facebook!

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    Sarah Walker — May 2, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    I don’t know how to pin on pinterest or I would have done that too!

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    Lenore — May 2, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I’m a simple topping kind of girl. Either plain cheese, a combo of basil/Roma/fresh mozz, or pineapple will always make me happy!
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    Lori — May 2, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    My fav topping on my pizza is fresh tomatoes.

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    Linda S. — May 2, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Margherita pizza is my favorite: mozzarella and tomato and basil. But I do confess a likeing for white pizza, with several kinds of cheese and onion and rosemary.

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    Wilhelmina — May 2, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Cheese!

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    followed Kitchen Aid on twitter

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    Lenore — May 2, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway from @orlndofoodie :)
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    Mark Tankersley — May 2, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Crimini mushroom & caramelized sweet onions with spicy Italian sausage and blue cheese crumbles on a thin crust pie with a super-garlicky Alfredo sauce!!! Nommity nom nom nom!

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    Your crust looks incredible!! My favorite topping is definitely bacon, with pepperoni and bbq chicken tied for second.
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    I just re-followed you because I think twitter pulled another nasty unfollow trick on me.
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    Amanda M. — May 2, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    My favorite pizza toppings are fresh mozzarella, garlic and basil And maybe some pepperoni thrown on there too.

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    Karen A. — May 2, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    My favorite topping is mushrooms

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — May 2, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Pepperoni with mushrooms and olives. That photo of your black olive & pepperoni pizza just about made me faint. Gorgeous!
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    I follow Eclectic Recipes on Pinterest and pinned a photo of the mixer.

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