Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza

Laura Geese


Fridays, are our dinner nights with our daughter and son-in-law. Recently, I made homemade pizza. We had 2 stuffed cheese crust deep dish and a pepperoni. I made the dough for the crust with 1/2 unbleached flour and 1/2 whole wheat. To make 2 deep dish and one pepperoni pizza, I made 2 batches of dough.

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3/4 Tbsp
1 1/2 c
warm water
1 1/2 tsp
3 Tbsp
4 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 Tbsp
garlic, minced or powder
1 1/2 Tbsp
italian seasoning (we love it)
pieces of mozarella string cheese (for stuffed crust)
tomato/pizza sauce
shredded mozarella

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water (I add a pinch of sugar) and allow to set until it begins to foam, about 5 minutes.
Stir in salt, oil and half of flour.
Gradually add remaining flour, mixing well. Knead 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise until double (1/2-1 hour) Punch down and let rise again until double. Punch down and divide.
I made stuffed crust, which took six (6) pieces of string cheese. When laying out dough, push it up the sides of your pan about an inch. I used my cast iron skillet and it worked BEAUTIFULLY! Lay cheese sticks end to end, touching all the way around.
Pull dough up and over cheese stick, gently pressing the dough to the bottom, sealing around the cheese.
Top with your favorite sauce and your favorite meats, cheeses, and other toppings as desired.
Bake at 350*F for approximately 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden brown.