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If you know me, you know I love pizza. This is nothing new. In fact, Alex and I bought a pizza oven a couple of years ago because we love pizza that much. And yet, I actually haven’t shared a lot of pizza recipes on the blog! It’s time to change that. This Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pizza is easy to make, no fancy pizza oven required. It’s healthier than most pizza and the homemade dough comes together quickly. I used Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, for homemade dough in a flash! If you’ve never made your own pizza dough before, this recipe is a great place to start! There’s nothing better than homemade dough. The mixing and measuring is simple and it brings me so much joy! Let’s be honest, everything feels more special when it’s homemade, right? Plus, this recipe comes together quickly with only a few minutes of kneading.
How to Make Pizza Dough
When mixing the dough, add warm water, between 120˚F-130˚F and follow the recipe instructions. If possible, use a thermometer to check the temperature of the water. If your tap water doesn’t get very hot, you may need to microwave your water for 15-20 seconds to get it warm enough. The water should be lukewarm and not hot, otherwise, it will kill the yeast. Water shouldn’t be cold either, or the yeast won’t activate. If you don’t use yeast very often, check to make sure it’s not expired. This is often the reason for the dough not rising properly. When kneading the dough, add just enough flour to the dough and your hands to keep the dough from sticking. Flatten dough and fold it toward you. Use the heels of your hands to push the dough away with a rolling motion. Then rotate the dough a quarter turn and repeat the “fold, push and turn” steps. Continue to knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic. If the dough begins to get sticky, add a little more flour. Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast works quickly so you only have to wait 10 minutes for the dough to rise. While the dough is rising, you can make the caramelized onions, so this pizza comes together easily.
Tips for Making Caramelized Onions
Slice the onions as thin as possible. Cut the onion in half, from root to tip and remove the outer, papery skin. Remove the ends, and then use a mandoline slicer to cut very thin half-moon-shaped slices. If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, use a very sharp knife and work slowly to make the slices as thin and even as possible. When cooking the onions, you want them to get very dark brown but you have to cook them slowly so they don’t burn. This is easiest in a non-stick skillet. As you’re cooking, you can add a splash of water to the pan as needed, to ensure the onions don’t burn.
Creamy goat cheese, sweet onions, and tangy balsamic glaze bring tons of flavor to this healthy pizza recipe! With a quick-rise dough recipe, you can have homemade pizza ready in 45 minutes!
- 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
- 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)*
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced thin (see note)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze
To make the pizza dough:
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
- Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute.
- Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface, adding additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
- Let dough rest at this point for 10 minutes.
- While the dough rises, begin making the toppings.
- In a medium, non-stick skillet, bring onions, water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt to a boil.
- Cover and cook until water has evaporated and the onions start to sizzle, about 8 minutes.
- Uncover and reduce the heat to medium. Gently press the onions into the sides and bottom of the skillet.
- Continue to cook without stirring for 30 seconds, then stir the onions and repeat, cooking for 30 seconds then stirring.
- If the onions begin to burn, add 1 tablespoon of water, as needed. Cook until the onions are well browned, about 12 minutes.
To make the pizza:
- Roll dough on a floured counter to 12-inch circle;
- Place in greased pizza pan or baking sheet.
- Form a rim by pinching the edge of the dough.
- Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese and garlic powder.
- Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Bake for 14-18 minutes until the edges are brown.
- Top with caramelized onions and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Slice the onions razor thin. I like to cut the onion in half, from root to tip. Remove the ends, and then use a mandoline slicer to cut very thin half-moon-shaped slices. If you don’t’ have a mandoline slicer, use a very sharp knife and work slowly to make the slices as thin and even as possible.
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Visit the website to find more quick and easy recipes using Fleishmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Follow along on Facebook, on Instagram as @FleischmannsYeast, and Pinterest. This pizza is easy and delicious! Nothing tastes better than homemade pizza, with Fleischmann’s Yeast. They’ve been around for 150 years, which is why we always use their yeast for pizza night!
What’s your favorite type of pizza topping?