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Like a Big Pizza Pie…

February 4, 2009

The best pizza is homemade pizza. Nothing compares to the aroma of pizza baking in the oven, the cheese bubbling on top, and the satisfaction that comes with the first bite into the pizza you made.

I will admit that on occasion, I have been known to purchase pre-made dough at Trade Joe’s. It’s actually pretty good for store-bought dough, but making your own takes hardly any time and it tastes infinitely better.

Here is the pizza dough recipe that I like to use.

Pizza Dough

Makes 2 pizza rounds

Ingredients:

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 package quick-rise yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon salt (I use a little less than a Tablespoon)

1-1/4 cups warm water

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Set up your food processor with the dough blade. In the food processor, combine the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, yeast, sugar, and salt, and pulse to mix. With the motor running, add the warm water and olive oil in a steady stream, and then pulse until the dough comes together in a rough mass, approximately 12 seconds. If the dough does not form into a ball, sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of water and pulse again until dough forms mass. The dough should be somewhat tacky to touch but not sticky.

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Transfer the dough to a lightly floured board. Gently knead the dough and mold into a smooth ball. Set the dough in a large oiled bowl; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place. Let rise (until nearly doubled in size) approximately 1-1/2 hours.

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When the dough is ready, divide into two balls. Roll one ball on a lightly floured board until the approximate size of of your pizza tin. Transfer dough from board to pizza tin.

* Note: You can freeze dough for up to two months.

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

1 can crushed tomatoes (I like to use Pomi–you can find it at Wholefoods)

1/2 Tablespoon oregano

1/2 Tablespoon pepper

Salt to taste

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook crushed tomatoes, oregano, pepper, and salt together.

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Assembling & Cooking Your Pizza

Grate or slice the cheese of your choice and prepare any other toppings you want to put on your pizza. My husband’s favorite pizza that we make is topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil. To create this pizza, spread a thin layer of sauce on the dough. Slice the fresh mozzarella into thin slices and place evenly over the sauce. Slice the prosciutto into thin strips and set on top of the mozzarella. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven, and place julienned or cut basil on top.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2009 11:35 am

    Yay – thanks for posting this! I’m going to try your pizza dough recipe soon. 🙂

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