Skillet Pizza Recipe

Is bread really the foundation of human society or could we live without it? Find it out while making this tasty skillet pizza!

We are a sucker for bread so much that even gave up our freedom in the wild to produce it. Well it made sense though. Farming is less perilous than running around in the wild chasing some sort of pray day in and day out.

How did bread invent surplus?

Not to mention that once the procedure was perfected, it was much more lucrative too. When farming was introduced to communities first in the history of our species, humans had surplus of food.

As the food couldn’t be eaten on the same day as it was harvested anymore, people had to invent solutions to store it until it was ready to be served for dinner. Due to not everybody had a silo propped up in the backyard, harvest was generally collected in places that was controlled and protected by the society itself.

Soon people realized though that some are taking advantage of the common system, taking more than they put in and invented a system to keep track of the moving of goods. Probably it wasn’t so intricate at the start and most of the people were happy to know that they put in 100 pots of wheat, so they got back 100 pots.

How did bread invent money?

Unfortunately, not many of us is really good at Math and this wasn’t much different in the old days either, especially not during longer periods of time. In a year time people easily got confused if they took out 47 or 74 portions. To avoid arguments, people needed to invent a system that tracked the flow of goods.

Various communities came up with different solutions. Some used simple shells as a token of their deposit with the amount written in them while others used clay tablets to keep track of the trade and provide the necessary tokens in exchange for the goods.

Soon people realized that such tokens can not only be exchanged for the goods they deposited but they can exchange the tokens itself, giving birth to money. As people grew more clever, more safeguards needed to be implemented to protect the authenticity of the tokens, hence giving birth to mints and rights to run them.

Has bread lost it?

So, it seems that human history or at very least the economical part rests entirely on our love for bread.  Variety of flat breads are almost as wide as the topping we use to spread on our pizzas.

Especially now that we have so many diets around and we experiment with everything imaginable to get our good old crust back. It seems an impossible task to replace gluten in the pizza but there are some that come quite close to a good enough slice, given the crust is thin enough.

Once we start to elevate our crust game, there are very few ingredients if any that can compare to the good old gluten stuffed white flour. Not like we should try to imitate thick crust as the crust in and itself is why choose that kind of pizza.

While in normal pizzas the topping what matters most and the crust is only a device that carries all the goodies to their destination, with thick crust pizzas the case is not so clear. Sure, there are all sort of goodies on top but it’s the bread what matters most.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

(6 pizza)

Starter

  • ⅞ cup / 100g Flour
  • ½ cup / 100ml Water
  • 1g Fresh yeast

Dough

  • 2¾ cup / 325g All purpose flour
  • ¼ oz / 5g Fresh yeast
  • ⅞ / 200ml Lukewarm Water
  • 2 teaspoons / 10g Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt

Sauce

  • 1 medium Onion (finely cut)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup  / 75ml Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic (crushed)
  • 14 oz / 300g Tomato pure
  • 3-4 leaf Fresh basil
  • 5-10 leaf Fresh oregano

Kitchen utensils

  • Ø8″ / Ø20.5cm Cast iron skillet

How to make Skillet pizza

Starter

  1. Making a starter is not absolutely necessary but it will provide a more complex flavor for the dough. Combine flour, water and the yeast in an airtight container and put it into the fridge for 4 – 6 hours. It will double in size so choose a big enough box.Dough starter - SunCakeMom

Dough

  1. Measure flour into a kneading bowl and sprinkle fresh yeast on top. No need to dissolve the yeast.Freash yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  2. Pour in the olive oil and at least half of the water.Freash yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  3. Add the starter in too. It tends to stick to the box but mixing it with some flour from the bowl will help salvage every bit without much effort. If starter is not used, just add the equivalent amount of flour and water to the bowl.Freash yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  4. Knead the dough until it comes together, gradually adding the remaining water and the salt. We are after a sticky humid dough as we are going to bake the pizza in a low temperature home oven. Flouring our hand will prevent the dough to stick to it. Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  5. Take the dough out onto a floured surface.Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  6. Separate into two and shape the dough into elongated forms for easier measuring.Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  7. Cut the dough up into 6 equal parts, that should make over 4oz / 120g balls which will be enough to cover a Ø8″ / Ø20.5cm skillet nicely.Healthy homemade pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  8. Make balls from the dough, cover them with a wet kitchen cloth and keep them until double in a 68°F  – 81°F / 20°C – 27°C place for 45 – 90 minutes. It’s an optional step but it helps a lot when stretching the pizza by hand.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Sauce

  1. Pour oil into a pan and caramelize the onions then add the crushed garlic and fry it until it gets fragrant. (Check out the Low Carb Condiments for detailed Tomato Sauce recipe)Onion Diced GP SunCakeMom
  2. Pour the pureed tomato and add basil, oregano and salt then cook it on low heat until about quarter of the liquid evaporates. Add salt to taste.Healthy homemade pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Topping

  1. Grate the cheese and cut the necessary ingredients up.Slice-mozarella-gp-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  1. Stretch the dough to the size of the skillet. If we let the dough raise, it should be elastic enough to be able to do the stretching by hand otherwise use a rolling pin. Oiled or floured hands will keep the dough from sticking to our hands. Check out How to shape a pizza like a pro!Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Place the dough into the skillet or just leave it where it was stretched.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Cover the dough and place the skillet with the dough to a 68°F  – 81°F / 20°C – 27° place to raise for about 30 minutes. When the growth starts to be visible we can proceed to the next step.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Spread  1-3 spoon of sauce all over the dough.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Add favorite toppings and cheese. Set the oven’s broiler to its maximum then start making our skillet pizza on the cooktop on medium to high heat.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. After about 30 – 60 seconds we may check the bottom of the pizza. If golden brown spots are already there, the crust is done.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  7. With the oven’s broiler already on, put the skillet onto the top shelf for 3 – 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown spots are visible all around the pizza.Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Note: The raw dough can be kept in the fridge in airtight containers for at least a week. When a dough is needed, just stretch and put it into the skillet then carry on as it were a fresh dough.

Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

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Skillet Pizza Recipe

Is bread really the foundation of human society or could we live without it? Find it out while making this tasty skillet pizza!
Course Main Course, Meal, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • Ø8" / Ø20.5cm Cast iron skillet

Ingredients

Starter
  • cup / 100g Flour
  • ½ cup / 100ml Water
  • 1 g Fresh yeast
Dough
  • cup / 325g All purpose flour
  • ¼ oz / 5g Fresh yeast
  • ⅞ / 200 ml Lukewarm Water
  • 2 teaspoons / 10g Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
Sauce
  • 1 medium Onion finely cut
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup / 75ml Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 14 oz / 300g Tomato pure
  • 3-4 leaf Fresh basil
  • 5-10 leaf Fresh oregano

Instructions

Starter

  • Making a starter is not absolutely necessary but it will provide a more complex flavor for the dough. Combine flour, water and the yeast in an airtight container and put it into the fridge for 4 – 6 hours. It will double in size so choose a big enough box.
    Dough starter - SunCakeMom

Dough

  • Measure flour into a kneading bowl and sprinkle fresh yeast on top. No need to dissolve the yeast.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Pour in the olive oil and at least half of the water.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Add the starter in too. It tends to stick to the box but mixing it with some flour from the bowl will help salvage every bit without much effort. If starter is not used, just add the equivalent amount of flour and water to the bowl.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Knead the dough until it comes together, gradually adding the remaining water and the salt. We are after a sticky humid dough as we are going to bake the pizza in a low temperature home oven. Flouring our hand will prevent the dough to stick to it.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Take the dough out onto a floured surface.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Separate into two and shape the dough into elongated forms for easier measuring.
    Fresh yeast dough - SunCakeMom
  • Cut the dough up into 6 equal parts, that should make over 4oz / 120g balls which will be enough to cover a Ø8" / Ø20.5cm skillet nicely.
    Healthy homemade pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Make balls from the dough, cover them with a wet kitchen cloth and keep them until double in a 68°F – 81°F / 20°C – 27°C place for 45 - 90 minutes. It's an optional step but it helps a lot when stretching the pizza by hand.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Sauce

  • Pour oil into a pan and caramelize the onions then add the crushed garlic and fry it until it gets fragrant. (Check out the Low Carb Condiments for detailed Tomato Sauce recipe)
    Onion Diced GP SunCakeMom
  • Pour the pureed tomato and add basil, oregano and salt then cook it on low heat until about quarter of the liquid evaporates. Add salt to taste.
    Tomato-sauce - SunCakeMom

Topping

  • Grate the cheese and cut the necessary ingredients up.
    Slice-mozarella-gp-SunCakeMom

Assembly

  • Stretch the dough to the size of the skillet. If we let the dough raise, it should be elastic enough to be able to do the stretching by hand otherwise use a rolling pin. Oiled or floured hands will keep the dough from sticking to our hands. Check out How to shape a pizza like a pro!
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Place the dough into the skillet or just leave it where it was stretched.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Cover the dough and place the skillet with the dough to a 68°F – 81°F / 20°C – 27° place to raise for about 30 minutes. When the growth starts to be visible we can proceed to the next step.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Spread 1-3 spoon of sauce all over the dough.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • Add favorite toppings and cheese. Set the oven's broiler to its maximum then start making our skillet pizza on the cooktop on medium to high heat.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • After about 30 - 60 seconds we may check the bottom of the pizza. If golden brown spots are already there, the crust is done.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom
  • With the oven's broiler already on, put the skillet onto the top shelf for 3 - 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown spots are visible all around the pizza.
    Skillet pizza recipe - SunCakeMom

Notes

The raw dough can be kept in the fridge in airtight containers for at least a week. When a dough is needed, just stretch and put it into the skillet then carry on as it were a fresh dough.

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