Thursday, January 27, 2011

Homemade Pizza

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I love pizza. I can absolutely eat just about any type of pizza - gourmet expensive pizza and all the way down to frozen pizza, I love it all!

I had never tried to make pizza from the dough up and this recipe was perfect. Easy and very tasty, the dough I used was really more of a focaccia recipe.


Ingredients (Dough)
- 1 cup warm water (at least at 100 degrees)
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt

Ingredients (Sauce)
- 15 oz. tomato sauce
- 7 oz. crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbsp. oregan0
- 1 tbsp. basil
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper


In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast and honey and let it stand for 5 minutes.

2. Stir in 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup olive oil; let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in the remaining flour and salt - kneading until smooth, then form into a ball.

3. Transfer the ball into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic and let it stand in a warm spot until it rises and the dough doubles in size.

4. Preheat the oven to 425 and transfer the dough to a well oiled 13x9 baking sheet, pressing it flat to the sheet. Dimple the dough all over with your fingers and drizzle about a tbsp. olive oil over the dough. Let it rise for about an hour.

5. While the dough rises, make the sauce. Just combine all of the ingredients and simmer until the flavors combine - about 15-20 minutes. When the dough has risen, prick gently with a fork all over to prevent it from bubbling.

6. Spread the sauce over the crust, then layer on pepperoni, sprinkle on mozzarella cheese and top with sliced sauteed mushrooms and bake for 15 minutes (until the crust is golden brown on the edges and the cheese is melted).

I served it up with a fresh spinach salad. You can obviously use whatever topping you like, but pepperoni and mushrooms are our favorites!

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