Pandemic Profs: Pizza from Scratch!

A Sicilian slice of pizza on a plate.

Welcome to our series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while we’re practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s story is from Rachel Rumsby, a freshman holed up in her house in Bergen County, NJ, for the rest of the semester. Rachel is a dual major in communication studies and public relations who normally lives in Mimosa Hall. 

As an extrovert, I thrive in situations where I get to talk to people and have human interaction. I love doing activities and keeping busy outside my house. During this time, where there is a need for social distancing, I’m not thriving so much. To make up for that, I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking to keep my mind off things. One recipe I have been making often is Sicilian pizza from scratch. Most of my recipes are made from scratch, and I have often been called a food snob because of this. I believe that anything from scratch is better and more fun.

Here is my recipe for pizza from scratch! While I make it as a Sicilian pie, you can make it as a round pie if you have the proper pan. In this post, I will use a pizza stone, but a cookie sheet works well, too. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:Ingredients for pizza.

2 cups of flour

1 large egg

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 cup of warm water

2 envelopes of yeast

olive oil

red sauce

mozzarella cheese

toppings of choice

cooking spray


  1. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Flour, egg, and baking powder mixed together in a bowl.2. In a separate bowl, dissolve 2 envelopes of yeast in 1 cup of warm water. Mix batter until firm, but not sticky. Yeast dissolving in warm water.
  2. Move batter to a floured surface. Cover hands with flour and knead into a ball. Add a dab of olive oil to the top. Pizza dough kneaded into a ball with a dab of olive oil on top.
  3. Cover with a dish cloth until the dough rises, about 15-20 minutes. Pizza dough is rising underneath a dishcloth.
  4. On desired pan or pizza stone covered with olive oil or cooking spray, form dough into a pizza shape. Pizza dough is formed into pizza shape on a pizza stone.
  5. Add sauce, cheese, and desired toppings.Pizza has sauce and cheese and is ready to go into the oven.
  6. Cook pizza at 400 degrees until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Slice and serve!Pizza is finished and cooling on the stovetop.

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    Story and photography by:
    Rachel Rumsby, freshman communication studies and public relations double major