Heartland Cooks - Tim's Friendship Pizza

Heartland Cook Tim Koehler shares his recipe for friendship: homemade pizza
Heartland Cook Tim Koehler shares his recipe for friendship: homemade pizza

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Tim Koehler and his family recently moved to Cape Girardeau, but they've already made quite a few friends – and they have pizza to thank for it. Every Friday, the Koehler family opens their home to anyone who's hungry. Tim, a father of four, makes as many pizzas as his guests will eat, and shares his recipe for making friends with Heartland Cooks.

"It's something we started in Cleveland and wanted to continue when we moved to Cape Girardeau," said Koehler. "We just invite as many people over as want to come and enjoy in some pizza, and fellowship and community. It started with just a couple people from St. Andrew Church and they started inviting other friends and last week someone brought their neighbors, and someone else brought some international students from SEMO and a couple gentlemen from Sri Lanka, and a family from South Korea, all to have a good time."


  • 6 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 ½ teaspoons yeast
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 ½ cups warm water
  • Toppings of your choice


In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and yeast until well combined.

Add olive oil and warm water and mix well to form a ball of dough that is stretchy, but not sticky.

Rub dough ball lightly with olive oil to prevent dough from sticking as it rises.

Heat oven to warm and turn off heat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place bowl in a warm oven (again with heat off) to rise for one hour.

After one hour, punch dough down with fists. Cover and allow to rise another hour.

After dough has risen a total of two hours, preheat your oven and a 16-inch pizza stone to 525 degrees.

Cut the dough in half. Roll out one half of the dough to approximately 16-inches in diameter and place on the hot, pre-heated pizza stone.

Add sauce and desired toppings.

Bake pizza on the pizza stone in the oven for 8 minutes or until crust is a light golden brown.

Recipe makes two 16-inch pizzas.

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