Tuesday, March 24, 2009

homemade pizza

my friend brooke recently sent me this delicious recipe. the sauce is SO tasty and simple, and the dough is not hard to make. the dough makes enough for three pizzas, which means you can divide it into three dough balls and freeze two. the morning you want to make one of the frozen ones, simply thaw it in the fridge and then roll it out and bake it. so easy. so much cheaper and healthier than a store-bought pizza, and really, just as tasty! and in the time you can order take out and have it delivered, you can have one of these made if you just have the dough prepared ahead of time. we love this recipe, and really can't get enough of it around here!

I N G R E D I E N T S :

for the dough...

2 cups hot water
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
6 cups flour

for the sauce...

3 8-oz cans tomato sauce
3 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese
toppings-anything you'd like (our favorites include mushrooms, bell peppers, pineapple, and sometimes pepperoni)

D I R E C T I O N S :

Use the dough hook on a stand mixer.

For three pizzas:

Take 2 cups of hot water and sprinkle 1 TBSP yeast overtop, then let sit for a minute or two. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt overtop. Add three TBSP. veg oil.

Next, add about six cups of flour gradually until the dough doesn't stick anymore; let it knead for 5-8 minutes.

Remove dough, rub with a small amount of oil; cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Divide dough into three balls. If making only one pizza, freeze two remaining dough balls individually in plastic wrap and place them in a large freezer bag.

(Whenever you decide to use one of the frozen doughs for a pizza, simply let it thaw in the refrigerator the morning of the day you'll be making pizza.)

For the sauce:

Combine tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and parmesan; bring to boil, then simmer on low, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool. You will use 1/3rd of this for each pizza.

(To store remaining 2/3rds for future pizzas, divide and freeze in small freezer bags. When you are ready to make the next pizza, let the bag of sauce thaw in the refrigerator or place in small amount of warm water until thawed enough to remove from the bag and cook in a sauce pan.)

Use a pizza stone for the crust to be a little crispier, or just a regular pan if you don't have one.

Press the dough out nice and thin (It does not need to rise a second time or cook at all before you add the toppings.)

Once the dough is shaped into a pizza, spoon the sauce over it evenly. Add toppings and cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes, but keep an eye on it because every oven and pan is different!


Domestic Kate said...

Can't wait to try this! I'm still searching for the perfect pizza dough.

tatesal said...

Hello!!! Homemade pizza very beatifull....l am Tülin.l live in Turkey....Very good blog...With my love...

Anonymous said...

glad you enjoyed it!! I've also tried adding seasoning to the dough--like Italian or rosemary for something different.