Learning How To Cook
Updated: Mar 10, 2022
Valentine’s Day is approaching (and National Pizza Day!) - celebrate the love of all things cheesy with this simple homemade heart-shaped pizza! This is a fun activity to do with your date or your family - and we promise it tastes so much better than delivery.
PrepTime: 75 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
For the dough:
6 cups AP flour
3 cups warm water (105-110 degrees F)
2 tbsp sugar (or 1 tbsp honey)
3 heaping tbsp yeast
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
For the pizza:
Shredded whole-fat mozzarella cheese
Pepperoni (or other preferred toppings)
Marinara or store-bought pizza sauce
Prepare the dough:
In a bowl combine the water at about 110 degrees F, sugar (or honey) and yeast. Stir gently and then let sit for 10 minutes until yeast blooms.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix the olive oil, salt, flour and yeast mixture slowly until just combined. If dough feels too sticky add more flour*, and if the dough feels too dry add more oil. *Remember that you will be adding more flour when rolling the dough out, so don’t add too much at this stage.
Cover and let rise for 30 to 60- minutes*. We recommend using a clear shower cap to cover the bowl, but plastic wrap also works well. *If you plan to let this sit overnight, after 60 minutes, shape the dough into a ball, recover, and place in the fridge. The dough will last 2 days in the fridge.
Prepare the Pizza!
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Divide the dough into 4 sections and sprinkle down a little flour and roll into a circle.
Shape the dough into a heart (we used a knife to cut the shape), then place on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
Brush with a little olive oil and poke some holes into the dough with a fork.
Add pizza sauce, cheese, and your preferred toppings.
Bake at 500 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Check it periodically to ensure the cheese doesn’t burn. (Note - if using a stone, cut cooking time to 8 minutes)
Cool and enjoy your festive Valentine’s Day Pizza!
This recipe and images originated from Made it, Ate It, Loved It. LHTC has made revisions to the original recipe.