Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I have a fun gift idea for the pizza lovers in your life. A Valentine’s Day Heart Pizza Recipe is all you’ll need for a date night in. Read on about creating this pizza with homemade dough, sauce, and fun heart toppings! You’ll want to pair this with a fun printable pizza box label too!
Pizza has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Soo good. I started making homemade pizzas many moons ago with my sister. Over the past few years I’ve tried a good handful of recipes. I really like the one I came across on Craftsy, an online community offering crafty courses such as cooking, decorating, sewing, etc. I’ve enrolled in several online courses in cake decorating and I take advantage of the free courses they offer as well. There is a pizza making course that is free and worth watching since he covers different pizza styles and sauces too! I’ve adapted chef Peter Reinhart’s recipe and techniques to my liking.
I decided to use Multi-grain bread flour in this recipe but I have used All Purpose flour before and it turned out great! It’s really a preference on what kind of flour you like. Sometimes I use whatever flour I have in the pantry. The trick is to get the proper texture of the dough – not too sticky but fully hydrated.
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Ingredients for pizza dough:
- 5 1/2 cups (687.5g) Multi-grain Bread flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g) table salt
- 1 teaspoon (5g) instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons (10g) honey
- 1 tablespoon (14g) vegetable oil
- 16 oz. (454g) water, room temperature
- Add all your dry ingredients in your stand mixer and whisk it to distribute. I use a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer but you can do this by hand as well. It will take a little longer. Add all your wet ingredients at once. It will only take a minute or two until all the ingredients get incorporated. With a dough hook of a stand mixer, mix on the lowest setting for about a minute. Here’s where you can analyze the dough and decide if it needs to be more hydrated (too much leftover flour in the bowl). Add some more water. If it is too wet and sticky, add a bit more flour. Mix it for another minute. It is all by feel. The dough should feel tacky and hydrated without much extra flour left over. Don’t worry about the dough being evenly mixed at this point. It will look a little shaggy.
- Rub some olive oil or vegetable oil on your clean counter top to make an oil slick, about 12″ in diameter. You can use a cutting board like I did. Rub your hands in some oil and pull out your dough from the bowl. Here’s where we do the technique called the ‘Stretch and Fold’ and it will evenly mix the dough and develop it. Start by pulling each side of the dough and fold it towards the center. Gather the center and turn the dough upside down and cover it with the mixing bowl. Woohoo! That is one ‘Stretch and Fold’.
- Wait 5 minutes and repeat 2-3 more ‘Stretch and Folds’. I can get away with doing this 2 more times. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience to wait any longer!
- Cover the inside of the mixing bowl with oil and place the dough ball to rest. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best results. You can use this dough the same day. Just keep it on the counter top covered for a few hours to double up in size.
- Make your pizza sauce, cut up your toppings and set aside
Ingredients for easy pizza sauce:
- 1 can of tomato paste (8oz)
- 2 teaspoon (10g) Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon (5g) garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon (5g) granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of boiling water
- Mix the water with the paste with a whisk. Mix in the dry ingredients and set aside. That’s it for a really basic sauce recipe. Refrigerate if you’re leaving the dough to rise overnight or longer.
The dough can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. It makes 2 medium pizzas, or 3 smaller ones. When it’s time to roll out your dough, just cut off a piece of it to use. I used about 1/3 of the dough to make the heart shaped pizza. I use a pizza baking tray to cook in my oven. No pizza stone or anything here. My pizza tray isn’t anything fancy but the holes give the pizza a crispy crust that you might not get with a regular cookie tray. You can find a similar one here. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees F. Lightly flour the tray and begin spreading the dough.
To make my Valentine pizza, it starts off with a heart shaped pizza crust. Use your fingers to spread the dough until it resembles a heart. If you find your dough has some thin areas or holes, just pull a piece of dough from another area and patch it up! I even cut out my pepperoni using a heart shaped cookie cutter for some extra ‘pizza’zz ;).
Add your pizza sauce, cheese and toppings and bake at 475 degrees F for 7 minutes and then on broil for 3 minutes. I like to add the broil to get the cheese all nice, gooey and golden. Voila! Homemade pizzas from scratch!
A Valentine’s Day Heart Pizza can be made any time of year! Let’s not limit ourselves to the amount of pizza we should eat 🙂 What’s your favourite pizza toppings? Hawaiian all day, everyday.
This heart shaped pizza really deserves a fancy box like this! Check out my free printable Valentine’s box label!
Enjoy! Happy Valentines Day!