Perfect Frozen Pizzas

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I almost always have frozen pizza in my freezer. I love pizza and it’s so convenient on those nights when I can’t fit in for dinner. The thing is, most store-bought frozen pizzas are not up to my taste standards. A lot of them use really crappy toppings and some don’t even use real cheese. So, of course, I do it myself. I’ve come up with a system that makes it really easy. Occasionally I’ll use up a few hours one afternoon when I have time (well, only 30 minutes total hands-on time), and make a couple of pizzas to stockpile for the days I don’t have time.

If you’ve seen my frozen pizzas, they look absolutely amazing. I traced my pizza stone on some clean cardboard and cut out a few circles to freeze my pizza. I use them over and over again. That way there is something to freeze them, they come off easily and they are the right size for my pizza stone and they end up looking professional and they are easy to put on the pizza stone because they are freezer solid.

1 1/2 tbsp yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
5-6 cups flour
(makes 2 large pizzas)

1. Put all the ingredients in the bread machine on the dough, just set the dough or dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water in the stand mixing bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy. Add all other ingredients and mix until fully combined. Slowly add the flour until the dough is ready to work, keeping the dough light and fluffy. Let it rise for about an hour.

2. Divide the dough into thirds. Roll each section into a circle to the size of the cardboard cutout. It will be thin, but don’t worry, they will rise.

To place the dough on the cardboard first, fold it in half.

Pizza dough folded in half on countertop

Then take the folded dough and place it on the cardboard. expand it.

The pizza dough was rolled out on a cardboard, a little flattened but still usable.

It will stick to itself slightly and lose its shape. Do not despair! Fixing it is easy. Simply stretch it with your hands until it reaches the size and shape of your incision.

Aerial view of dough rolling on cardboard.

3. Let the pizza rise for about 20-30 minutes.

4. Top with desired toppings. Pepperoni, Supreme, Buffalo Chicken and BBQ Chicken are our favourites. You can also make them simple and add more toppings when you actually bake them. Be sure to add the toppings quickly before baking. Once the pizza starts to defrost, it will be very difficult to get it onto your pizza pan.

Now you have a nice stack of pizzas.

Four pre-made pizzas topped with sauce, cheese and pepperoni

5. Put them in the refrigerator to freeze.

6. Once frozen solid, remove from cardboard backing and wrap tightly in plastic wrap for storage.

7. Bake at 425 degrees on a pizza stone until done. You have to watch this with your ingredients. It takes about 10-15 minutes. The more toppings you have, the longer it will take to cook.

Closeup of pizza topped with pepperoni and chipotle slices.

It’s really convenient to keep these puppies in the freezer. It’s helped us eat out less often, and we’ll never have to compromise our tastes for those store-bought atrocities.