Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pizza Dough

It's not always convenient to make your own pizza dough - but this is pretty darn easy!  I love making our own and this recipe is so yummy!  It's easy to change up the ingredients just a bit too and make it just the way you want.  Here's the recipe:

Pizza Dough
2+ cups flour (I usually use 1 1/2 cups white flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat)
1 cup very warm water
1 pkg. (1 TBS) yeast
2 TBS olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1 TBS sugar
1 TBS brown sugar

Combine 2 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugars.  Stir water and olive oil into dry ingredients.  Add enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Cover and let rest on counter for 10 minutes.  (This is the perfect time to slice and chop all those yummy toppings you'll be using!)  Spray pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with  cornmeal - shake off any excess.
This is what it looks like with the cornmeal sprinkled on - keeps the pizza from sticking to the pan.

Roll and stretch dough to fit pans.
 Top with sauce and toppings and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.  If you are feeling extra industrious - here's an easy recipe for your own pizza sauce:

Pizza Sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregeno
1 clove garlic, smashed or minced
Mix all ingredients together.  May add a little water if needed to get the consistency that you like.  You can also add a little Parmesan cheese to the sauce.  This makes enough for 2 pizzas.

Doesn't that look yummy?   It was!

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