Two Dollar Fresh Pizza




The economy has gone to shit and pizza parlors have always been overpriced. Here's your solution: two dollar pizza. Yes, it's a large pizza for the price of a slice of pizza on a good day. It's toasty, delicious, and cheap. What more could you want? Bear in mind that, depending on your location, it could cost more. For instance, in Hawaii it might cost up to a whopping four dollars because it costs more to ship ingredients. But let's face it - if you live in Hawaii, you're probably rich anyway. Some have said that this pizza, if done right, actually tastes better than, say, Papa John's. They are wrong. It's delicious, but all pizza is different. It's just really good in a different way.

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Step 1: Ingredients

For the dough for a single pizza, you will need:

4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon yeast
A big bowl
A dough hook (or whisk, or just your hands if you don't mind getting them dirty)

The yeast is the main cost in the dough. If you use less, the recipe will work but the dough will take longer to rise. My brother said that he used to use only a pinch of yeast, but that he would let it rise all day while he was at work. If you have a larger budget and less patience, a tablespoon works much, much faster and your dough will rise in about an hour.

There isn't really a set amount of cheese or tomato sauce. If you plan on making pizzas often, just buy a huge can of pizza sauce and a big bag of cheese. I recommend La Romanella pizza sauce and Kirkland mozzarella or Mexican blend cheese. Remember, if you buy big, you will save money.

Step 2: Make the Dough

Mix one cup of flour with all the other powder ingredients in a large bowl. Then add all the water, and steadily add two more cups of flour as you mix it. It really helps to have an automatic mixer, but doing it by hand works just as well. Dump out the incredibly sticky ball of dough on a cutting board or other portable surface (it's much easier to wash) that you have lightly sprinkled with flour. Cover your hands in a thin layer of flour (the flour prevents sticking) and knead the dough. You will want to add the final cup of flour as you're kneading the dough because that will make everything go more smoothly. If you don't know how to knead dough, it goes like this: fold the dough, like a sheet of paper. Cover the whole thing in flour. Turn it 90 degrees and fold it again. Do this about ten or fifteen times.

Step 3: Wait

The dough needs to rise. I've got no idea why this is a necessary process, but no pizza I've made without letting the dough rise turned out well. Pour a very small amount of olive or vegetable oil into a bowl and use a paper towel to spread it around. This will prevent sticking. Alternatively, you can use a light dusting of flour. Put the dough ball into the bowl and wait. How long? Generally, I go with "until it looks right", but the approximate time depends on how much yeast you use.

1 teaspoon - 2 hours
1 tablespoon - 1 hour
1/4 teaspoon - go to sleep or to school or work or something and it should be ready when you get back

While you wait, have the oven preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4: Make the Pizza

Put your risen dough on a pizza pan after you spray it with Pam or some other pan grease. Spread it out by working it from the inside out with your hands. There shouldn't be any holes in the pizza, but thin spots are okay. If you don't get it right the first time, just pick pick it up and start over. Then dump an appropriate amount of sauce on and spread it around with a large spoon. Put a very small amount on the crust for moisture. Sprinkle cheese on so that there aren't any large exposed patches of sauce. Don't put too much cheese or sauce on or the pizza won't cook right.

Step 5: Customize

Some people like pepperoni on their pizzas. Some hate mozzarella. I've had pizza with crab on it that was delicious. The point is, make your pizza your way. It's like Burger King, but no happy meal. You can also double or triple the recipe to make several pizzas. Just scale up all the ingredients. I've done a five times size recipe before, and it was great. On this pizza, I'm choosing to add peperoni on one side.

Step 6: Cook the Pizza

Raw pizza is pretty much the only thing in the world worse than cold pizza. Once the oven reaches 450 degrees (Fahrenheit) cook the pizza for about ten minutes. It may take a little more or less than that, so at ten minutes stick a knife in the center of the pizza. If it's still doughy, give it another couple minutes.

Step 7: Devour. Voraciously.

Your pizza is done. You might want to let it cool for a few minutes before you take the first bite or it will burn your mouth. Yum... burnt mouth...


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    17 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love the title... awesome marketing... because the 'homemade pizza recipe' one is overrated anyway~ Way to bring back cooking!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I think you used too much mozzarella cheese . Though it looks good


    8 years ago on Step 7

    You bastar....

    GOD you made me hungry, and it is like 5am!

    Brb i guess ima make a pizza.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm doing this right now except I'm using the dough setting on my bread maker. Saves the mess and physical energy. I've done it before with another recipe. Words great!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Not to be a punk but i think that maybe if you retired here you're pretty well off as far as money but for the people that were born and raised here we know that a lot of people struggle. The cost of living is so high here that i know many people whose parents are still working 1 or 2 jobs. Heck my grandpa still goes to work every day and he's 90. Don't even get me started with real estate. Land here is a hot commodity. Sorry to be a downer but I'd hate for people to get the wrong idea about Hawaii. Don't get me wrong. It is paradise, but the price for living in paradise is pretty dang high.

    Anyway, love the instructable. I'm most definitely trying this later.

    I like your cost minded instructable, but I have a couple suggestions to improve the readability:

    1)You should definitely give a header to your description of what to do for sauce and cheese/toppings. These could simply be listed and you can explain more later on page one.

    2) Also helpful would be a link to a sauce only recipe, like (which I also happen to be considering for my use) in case someone would be interested in adding that to your dough.

    The reason I say this is because when I scanned the instructions the first time to make a quick evaluation of whether to try this recipe, it looked like it was a dough recipe, not a whole pizza instructable. It looks like a good one and I look forward to trying it.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     Tuesday nights at my house have long been Pizza night, and most of the time it is now homemade pizza night.  I've been using the Neo-neopolitan crust recipe from Peter Reinhart's Artisan Bread Every Day, and find that the long term fermentation gives the crust a really great flavor.  

    The most expensive ingredient in my pizza is probably the cheese, but I prefer to use a higher quality block cheese over the pre-shredded stuff.  You mention the cost of yeast in your instructable.  If you buy in 1 lb blocks it is super cheap.  I can get a block of instant yeast at the store for $4, about the cost of a couple packets.  That's enough for a very long time of baking at home, and I just freeze most of it and keep a small jar in the fridge for daily baking which I replenish from the freezer when necessary.  

    I'd also recommend making your own sauce for improved cost saving and better pizza.  My goto sauce is nothing more really than a can of crushed tomatoes with some oil, and seasoning mixed in.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the information! n_n Yay this may work in the final phase of my project... n_n


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This looks great! I'm going to try this one day. I'm lucky cause cheese, pepperoni, bacon, flour ect. in my country haven't gone up too much while pizzas have risen approx. 100000000000000 times,. This means I can stay in my $2 budget.