California Pizza Recipe

I remember loving my mom’s homemade pizza. Now I’m happy to make it for my own family – and my son chomps it down happily. My mom always made a white cream sauce – that will be another post :).

Homemade pizza never gives me that “heavy” feeling like frozen or takeout does, even if I eat more than my fair share. Hope you and your family enjoy this California Pizza recipe. It’s a fun thing for kids and dads to do together – maybe for mothers day?…

Ingredients for California Pizza Dough:

3/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1/2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt

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Ingredients for Easy Pizza Sauce:

1  1/2 cup marinara (whatever brand or flavor you like)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano, optional

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Ingredients for Toppings (what I used):

2 cups (8-10 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
6 slices of deli ham, chopped or cut into strips
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, finely sliced
6-7 mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Black olives, sliced

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More topping ideas:

Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly torn prosciutto, pork or turkey sausages, pepperoni, red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and julienned, or whatever else your heart desires. 

How to Make  Pizza Dough:

Making pizza dough in a bread-maker makes it sooo easy!

1. Add 3/4 cup water and 1 Tbsp of dry yeast in the bread maker and let it stand for a 3-5 minutes.

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2. Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of honey, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of flour, 3/4 tsp of salt in the bread-maker in the order they are listed and select the dough setting.

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Mine takes about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it will be easy to work with once it’s oiled.

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NOTE:

Using a mixer or kneading by hand method: Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for a few minutes. Add honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and mix until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 with a mixer). The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume.

Prep the Sauce while the dough is rising since it will need time to cool down:

1. Combine 1 1/2 cup marinara, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning or oregano  in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about half, approximately 10 minutes. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, put the saucepan into a bath of ice water.

California Pizza Recipe-10Once the dough is ready, preheat the Oven to 415˚F.

1. Drizzle another 2 Tbsp oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the oiled baking sheet and turn it a couple times to make sure the dough is covered in oil.

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2. Roll the dough out in the cookie sheet. (I use my handy Chef Roller for this job. It saves a potentially messy step (transferring the dough after it’s rolled out) and you don’t have to clean your counter tops afterwards) and spread on the pizza sauce.

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3. Spread on the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.

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4. Bake at 415˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked.

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Now, marvel at your masterpiece! Your family will be so impressed and it’s really easy.

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California Pizza Recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $8-$12
Serving: 1 XL Pizza

Ingredients

Ingredients for California Pizza Dough:

  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • ½ Tbsp honey
  • 1½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt

Ingredients for Easy Pizza Sauce:

  • 1½ cup marinara (whatever brand or flavor you like)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp Italian seasoning or oregano, optional

Ingredients for Toppings (what I used):

  • 2 cups (8-10 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 slices of deli ham, chopped or cut into strips
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • 6-7 mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup Black olives, sliced

More topping ideas:

  • Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly torn prosciutto, pork or turkey sausages, pepperoni, red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and julienned, or whatever else your heart desires.

Instructions

How to Make California Pizza Dough:

Making pizza dough in a bread-maker makes it sooo easy!

  1. Add ¾ cup water and 1 Tbsp of dry yeast in the bread maker and let it stand for a 3-5 minutes.
  2. Next, add ½ Tbsp of honey, 1½ Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of flour, ¾ tsp of salt in the bread-maker in the order they are listed and select the dough setting.
  3. Mine takes about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it will be easy to work with once it's oiled.

NOTE: Using a mixer or kneading by hand method: Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for a few minutes. Add honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and mix until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 with a mixer). The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume.

Prep the Sauce while the dough is rising since it will need time to cool down:

  1. Combine 1½ cup marinara, 1 minced garlic clove, ¼ tsp Italian seasoning or oregano in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium/low heat until it is reduced by about half, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. It needs to thicken or the pizza will be too juicy. If you need to cool sauce to room temp faster, put the saucepan into a bath of ice water.

Once the dough is ready, preheat the Oven to 415˚F.

  1. Drizzle another 2 Tbsp oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the oiled baking sheet and turn it a couple times to make sure the dough is covered in oil.
  2. Roll the dough out in the cookie sheet and spread on the pizza sauce.
  3. Spread on the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.
  4. Bake at 415˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked.

Now, marvel at your masterpiece! Your family will be so impressed and it's really easy.


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  • Jessica Yukhnyuk
    July 4, 2017

    Thanks a bunch for an awesome recipe. My girls enjoyed making this. Oh, & they put so much love into topping the pizza. Came out yummy and dough was perfectly cooked… looks like we will be making this more often. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2017

      Yay, I’m happy to hear the whole family enjoys this recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review Jessica! Reply

  • Olga
    March 10, 2016

    Natasha,after you took out the dough from breadmachine and rolled it out did u covered it and let it rise just little,cause my hubby likes thicker dough not thin dough? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2016

      Hi Olga, I did not wait for it to rise again, but you can if you want to. It wouldn’t hurt 🙂 Reply

  • Tina
    February 1, 2016

    I dont have a bread maker, is there another way I can make the dough?
    This looks yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2016

      Hi Tina, you can definitely mix and knead it by hand and then let it rise in a warm place (not warmer than 100˚F). Reply

      • tina
        February 1, 2016

        Thanks! Ill have to try it Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 1, 2016

          You’re welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    February 12, 2015

    Hi Natasha! Thank you for awesome recipes, this pizza turned out delicious. have you tried freezing the pizza after it was all put together ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 12, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Anna :). Freezing should work, but you might have to increase the baking time. Reply

  • olga
    January 23, 2015

    do you have a favorite ham/pepperoni you use for pizzas? what brand? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2015

      I love Boar’s head brand for deli meat. It’s a little spendy, but the flavor is so good! I buy mine in the deli section at Fred Meyer 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    June 24, 2014

    i realy liked the dough it was easy to work with, we realy enjoyed it.:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2014

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Music to my ears! You should try the Greek pizza that I posted. It uses the same dough. So yummy! Reply

  • Lopez
    April 23, 2014

    I did just like you and it tasted better then any pizza at store! I just used this technic from this girl how to roll the dough and it was much softer and crast was delicious!!! How to make Homemade Pizza From Scratch – Recipe by Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Ep. 86
    ByLaura in the Kitchen1,998,230 views Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 23, 2014

      I will have to check it out! I love Laura’s episodes 🙂 Thanks so much for the tip! Reply

  • Jessica
    December 5, 2013

    I never buy pizza just make it home-made!
    Thanks again for your recipes!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2013

      Woohoo!!! That’s music to my ears. Thanks Jessica 🙂 Reply

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