Homemade Pizza

Its almost ridiculous that it has taken me this long to make homemade pizza. I mean seriously its my favorite food. Get me a pepperoni pizza and my day is made. I could eat pizza morning, noon, and night. I got the dough recipe from Mark Bittman’s book, and again he did not disappoint. Seriously, if you haven’t gotten this book yet, you should. On to the pizza.

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I thought that I was only going to make one pizza, then I realized the recipe makes two medium pizzas, so I had to run out and get some more cheese and sauce! A very good mistake as we ate both pizzas (I know, we’re gross!) We made a veggie (green pepper, onion, mushroom and spinach) and a mozzarella, tomato, and garlic pizza.

Ingredients

3 cups flour + more as needed

2 teaspoons instant yeast

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

salt and pepper

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1. Add flour, yeast, and salt to food processor. Turn on and add through spout the 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Mix until a ball forms. If too wet add 1 tablespoon flour and mix for 10 seconds. If too dry add one tablespoon water. Mix for 10 seconds. Mix until slightly sticky to the touch.

2. Sprinkle flour on a work surface and knead dough until it forms a smooth ball. Grease a large bowl, place the ball in and flip (so that each side has oil on it). Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 1-2 hours.

3. Punch dough down and divide in half. Put the two halves on a floured surface, cover with plastic wrap and leave for 20 min.

4. Heat the oven to 500 degrees. Press each dough ball individually into a circular crust. You can use a rolling pin or your fingers. After each press let the dough resist and stretch back.

5. Place each crust on oiled baking sheets.

6. Spread with pizza sauce, cheese, and any ingredients (i.e. pepperoni, veggies, chicken, bacon, pineapple, anything).

7. Bake for 8-12 min, until the crust is crisp. (mine took around 30min)

Add any ingredients you want! Really experiment!

Enjoy!

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