Hawaiian Pizza, that salty and sweet combination, is a legitimate form of pizza and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! The crust is easy to make, it bakes on a sheet pan, and it’s delicious. What more can you ask?
There is a lot of controversy over whether a Hawaiian Pizza is in fact a true pizza. Believe it or not, this controversy spilled over into the presidential election process in Iceland in 2017, with the President of Iceland declaring that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple as a pizza topping. He went so far as to “joke” that, if he could, he would BAN the topping from pizza altogether! Well, that’s too gosh darn bad. Salty and sweet is a classic combination and I want it on my pizza!
In this recipe, we will be making our own pizza dough. If you’ve been following along with my blog, you know that I’m new to using yeast. Pizza dough was one of the first yeast recipes I ever tried. I’ve tinkered with it over the years and have developed this relatively foolproof method. As long as you have some yeast, some flour, and some warm water, you’re practically done already. I’ll walk you through the steps and you’ll be a pizza master in no time!
This recipe makes one delicious sheet pan pizza. You can even split the dough and make 2 smaller pizzas! You can even make pizza in your cast iron pan. See the note at the bottom of the recipe for all the details! Now get going! Make some pizza!
- 3/4 cup (200 g) lukewarm water (between 110° and 120° please)
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar or honey (I used honey. It doesn't actually add any sweetness to the crust, but it does feed those hungry yeasty beasties)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup (130 g)all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (130 g) extra fine (00) flour
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 2 tsp olive oil, for brushing on the crust
- A sprinkling of coarse sea salt for the edge of the crust
- 1/2 cup marinara (Store bought is fine, or I happen to have a great recipe here)
- 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Sliced pineapple, cut in chunks. I used fresh, but canned is fine.
- Thick sliced ham, cut in chunks
- Thin slices of hot pepper (Optional. I thought I was getting a really spicy habañero pepper. It wasn't 😕, but it looked pretty)
- A sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes (Also optional. I like things spicy 🔥, despite my pepper problems)
- In a large bowl, combine flours and salt.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together lukewarm tap water, honey, yeast and olive oil. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy on top and smells “bready”. Pour it into flour mixture. Mix and then knead with your hands until just combined, approximately 2-3 minutes, then let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.
- Knead the rested dough again, right in the bowl, for 3 minutes, or until smooth. Place dough ball on a heavily floured surface, cover with damp and clean kitchen towel, and let rest and rise for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature. Don't mess with it. It'll be fine.If you're making the dough a day before you use it, at this point you can let it rest and rise for 8 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Just let it come to room temperature first, then continue with the rising process.
- After 3-4 hours of rest, your dough should be nice and risen. Isn't science great? That yeast did a fabulous job! Let's make pizza!
- Plonk your fluffy dough onto a lightly floured counter. Roll it out to your desired size. I went for a rectangularly shaped pizza that would fit on my sheet pan.Once you've gotten your crust to the right size/shape, roll it onto your rolling pin and transfer it to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Preheat your oven to 500°. Yes, 500°. This pizza cooks at high heat for a very short amount of time. Place your oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Not the very bottom, but the next level. This is so your crust gets nice and crispy. Brush the edges of your crust with a little bit of olive oil and a light sprinkle of coarse sea salt. This is because crust is an essential part of pizza. We want it to have a little flavor and color, right? A light schmearing of marinara goes onto the crust first, not too little, not too much. We don't want a soggy bottom. do we?
- Now we'll add all of our toppings. Evenly distribute your cheese, leaving a bit of crust free for, I don't know, a handle to hold your slice? Yummy crispy bits? Both. Top with the pineapple, ham, and peppers if you're using them.
- Bake at 500° for about 15 minutes. You'll know it's done when the crust is browned and the cheese is all melty with a few caramelized cheesy parts here and there.Resist the urge to scald the inside of your face for about 5-10 minutes as the pizza cools to less than solar temperatures. Slice and enjoy! Embrace Hawaiian Pizza in all its salty sweet glory. Doesn't being right taste good?Now that you are a pizza chef, you can adapt this recipe any way you please. No sauce, a different sauce, other meats or vegetables, just cheese...the variations know no bounds!
- Make it a Pan Pizza!!: To make pizza in a cast iron pan you'll want to divide your dough in half before rising.Done? Proceed.Heat your cast iron pan in a 500° oven for 10 minutes, add 1 tbs olive oil and then plop your dough in the pan. 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮 (🔥) spread your dough to the edges and add whatever sauce and toppings you heart desires. Bake at 500° until the crust is puffy and the cheese is all deliciously melty (about 10-15 minutes). Tah-da 🎉 PIZZA! You’re welcome.