Tuesday, April 5, 2011

There's nothing like freshly made pizza.....yum

Here's the very good and very easy recipe...

Pizza Dough and Sauce

Pizza Dough

3/4 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons oil
4 cups flour (you can do half white, half wheat if you choose)

Pizza Sauce
1 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine or 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 -2 tablespoon parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water (add a pinch of sugar) and allow to set until it begins to foam, about 5 minutes.
Stir in salt, oil and half of flour. Gradually add remaining flour, mixing well.
Knead 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double (1/2-1 hour) Punch down and let rise again until double. Punch down and divide. Pat out on two pizza pans.
Top with pizza sauce & toppings. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Pizza Sauce: Mix all ingredients together, blending well.

Makes enough for two 12- or 14-inch pizzas or one thick 16-inch pizza. (I usually cut the dough in half and use one that night and freeze the other half for another day. If freezing, just freeze half in a ball and pull it out of the freezer the night before you want to use it).
Top with meats, cheese and other toppings. I love using cheese, turkey pepperoni, olives, pineapple, onions, artichoke hearts, etc... endless possibilities...