“I want my own” pizza

When kids are at that difficult stage where everything is “mine”, you can make their little hearts pitter-patter by serving individual pizzas and letting them choose their own toppings.


1 pk yeast (active dry yeast, about 1 1/8 teaspoons)
1 1⁄2 t sugar
1⁄2 t salt
1 c water (warm)
3 T olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
3 c flour (bread flour)
1 c cheese (mixed pizza cheese such as Mozzarella and Provolone)


In a large bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast, sugar, oil and salt. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Once it’s all mixed together, knead it on a floured counter until it feels elastic.

Divide into 4 parts, roll each into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes. Assemble the toppings.

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Shape each individual dough ball into a round crust about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Add the sauce and a few toppings (not too many) and sprinkle on pizza cheese.

Bake at 425° F 11 to 18 minutes, switching baking sheets once or twice after 10 minutes if needed.

Total time
58 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


This dough does not have to rise. A pizza stone will deliver a crispy crust, whether thick or thin. Otherwise a baking sheet will do.

You can use a jar of prepared pizza sauce or make a simple sauce yourself by combining a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.

This thin crust recipe makes 4 personal pizzas.