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Homemade Pizza with Focaccia Crust

According to sources on the internet (Packaged Facts “The Pizza Market”), Americans spent more than $22 billion on pizza last year and 93% of us ate pizza at least once a month. That means we ate at least 23 pounds of pizza annually — individually! So why not keep your money and make your own pizza? Truthfully, we like our own humble homemade pizza far better than anything we’ve purchased in a pizzeria! I also find that it is a great way to get rid of leftovers!

Here’s how we make it:

Pizza Crust (also Focaccia Bread!):

  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 2 2/3 cups warm water
  • 6 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • cornmeal
  • Parmesan cheese and garlic salt
  • Choice of toppings and sauce

Mix flour, salt, yeast, water, and 2 Tbsp of oil. Mix dough until pliable. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Place dough in oiled bowl. Cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled.

Coat two baking sheets with oil and dust with cornmeal. Divide dough. Gently press dough onto the baking sheets (1/2 inch thick or so).
For pizzas: brush with remaining oil on outside edge, sprinkle garlic salt & parmesan cheese on edge, brush with sauce & add your choice of toppings to center, cover toppings with cheese. Let rise a few minutes and bake for 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees.

For focaccia bread: make dimples in the dough with fingers and brush oil over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle rosemary leaves, cheese, and garlic salt (can add chopped onion and olives too) — then let rise 10-20 minutes and bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil for dipping.
For Mediterranean Pizza use Kalamata olives, spinach, chopped artichoke hearts, diced onion, capers, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and grilled chicken. Top with mozzarella cheese. Use alfredo sauce instead of marinara for a fun twist but marinara tastes great, too.

For BBQ Chicken Pizza use chopped red onion, cooked & crumbled beef bacon, and grilled chicken. Top with cheddar cheese. Use sweet BBQ sauce instead of marinara.

See who tried this recipe!

My dear friend, Amanda, tried the focaccia and loved it. She uses the pizza recipe every Friday night at her house and is an outstanding cook! Thank you for sending this in for all of us to drool over!! When is dinner? Save us a seat!

  • Stacey - This looks so good! We are pizza eaters!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Oh, yummy! Can I come ;-P?


    Only if you promise to cook with me!!!! I just love your recipes! -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - Delicioso! I am going to make this recipe this weekend. Thanks girlfriend!
    I love focaccia bread! Roast beef, a little bit of crumbled blue cheese, mixed greens, some garlic mayo and crispy fried onions. Delish! Do try it sometimes if you like roast beef.

    Oh, yum! You had me at “roast beef”!!!! -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy,

    Can you use the sour dough starter and if so how much can you use? This recipe looks great and I want to try it. We like our pizza here too especially after I work I really don’t want to cook a big meal (too tired). A.J. could probably do this recipe too.

    Thanx for your recipes Lacy!!!!!!!

    I think that 1 cup of sourdough starter + 1 t. baking soda + 1 t. baking powder. Reduce the flour to 5 cups or 5 1/2 cups. Try it out and see how it goes. Give it lots of time to rise. Enjoy! -L.R. ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Wow, they all look delicious. I’ve been wanting to do this, and have been putting it off, I think it’s time. Do you suppose the dough would freeze well?

    Most bread dough freezes very nicely. I have never tried the focaccia from the freezer but I imagine that it would work just fine. Try it and let us know! 🙂 -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • Indian Lake Papa - How close are you to I-75? Maybe mama and i can stop by after Thanksgiving for some pizza as we travel to Florida. Mama use to deliver the GRIT when she was a little girl.

    Come on over!! I think you would be a BBQ chicken pizza man. Am I right?? -L.R.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy (Momisodes) - I’m a total pizza/ bread junkie. This looks SO good. In fact, I just had pizza on Sunday, and thinking about it again today 🙂 Thank you for all the recipes!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - I’m with Indian Lake Papa- I’ll meet you there! =D

    It does look good!ReplyCancel

  • iPost - i was so excited about this post that when i typed my address i typed “hotmeal” instead of “hotmail.” True story! Love your website :0)ReplyCancel

  • Carl Martens - Elika and I are going to make this over the weekend! Looks delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - My mouth is watering. I can say from personal experience that Lacy makes the best pizza ever and I LOVE pizza.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - mmm yummy! Pizza is one of my favorite foods. It’s also one I try not to eat too often LOL. We will have to try this out sometime. Boyfriend has never had any sort of homemade pizza before (the poor deprived boy!! haha) so I fully intend to spoil him rotten with some yummy homemade pizzas the first chance I get.

    Much as I do love homemade pizza though, Lacy… there is a local pizzeria here that is just to die for. I’d take one of their pizzas over homemade pizza any day. *hangs head in shame* LOLReplyCancel

  • CC - YUM! usually we make pizza on fridays (tomorrow), but since it is supposed to be over 100 (again!) I’ll have to delay for a few days. We’ll try it later! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jana - YUM!!!!
    I love homemade pizza!ReplyCancel

  • Applie - Oooo, now that looks soooo yummy!! I am going to try the BBQ chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - Yummy. I love beef bacon. I don’t make a yeast crust usually, because I need to avoid yeast, but boy, I am tempted with your recipe there. It looks awesome. We love ours with a chicken Caesar/pesto (read lots of creamy garlic) topping too. My mouth is watering.ReplyCancel

  • Kirstin - Your recipes look so yummy. I love foccacia bread! I’m going to have to check a few more recipes out as well as the rest of your site. I really enjoy it and love the country look.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - OOOOOH,…what an excellent recipe! They look so delicious, Lacy!

    I will make them tomorrow! Yum Yum Yum!
    Lovely enjoyed with a green salad & a glass of red Italian wine! MMMMMMMMMMMM….ReplyCancel

  • Jill Reynolds - Just been browsing the whole thing, very impressive Lacy and Josh!! I am going to try this pizza crust for sure because we could eat pizza 4 times and week and leftover pizza the other 3 days.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce - Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to try this dough for pizzas this week. I was wondering approximately how long it takes for the dough to rise to “double”? I know it’s not an exact thing, but I’d like to plan accordingly to make it in time for dinner some night. Thanks again for this recipe and for sharing your other recipes too . (Your cardamom bread is awesome! We’ve made it three times already).ReplyCancel

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