Friday, November 15, 2013

Homemade Pizza and Pizza Crust

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Now, I love pizza. The kind with the thick crust and delicious toppings, know what I'm talking about? The problem is we are trying not to spend as much money. We want to get the biggest bang for our buck while shopping. The good frozen pizzas are expensive and sub-par at best, cheap ones aren't worth talking about, and delivery or pick-up pizza is super spendy. My friends, we have a solution. These pizzas can come out to as little as $1.50 apiece and are better than any frozen pizza you can buy.

You will need:

  • 1 package active dry yeast 
  •  1 teaspoon white sugar 
  •  1 cup warm water 
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour 
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil 
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 can or jar of pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese to taste
  • Any other ingredients you can't resist
Preheat oven to 450*

For the crust:  Mix yeast, sugar, and water together and let sit for 10-15 minutes or until yeast is creamy as opposed to still in pebbles. While it's sitting, stir together flour and salt. When yeast water is ready, pour into flour and salt. Add oil and mix well with a fork. When it gets tough to mix with the fork, knead it with your hands until the ingredients are all mixed together.

On your hole-y pizza pan, spray some non-stick spray and sprinkle a little flour to keep the pizza from sticking. Press the dough into the pan gently spreading it to fit the pan making sure to not tear it. Spread on your sauce, all of your ingredients, and finally the cheese. I always do cheese last so the veggies don't get over-cooked. We have made sausage and pepperoni, pepperoni, and pepperoni and sweet onion and all three were ahhh-mazing

Bake at 450* for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden on the bottom. Let stand for 5 minutes after you remove it from the oven before cutting. This will prevent a lot of the messy-ness that can happen from cutting an overly hot pizza. Serve hot. YUM!

The pizza didn't last long enough to get a cooked shot, so you'll just have to make one and see for yourself. DEEEE-LICIOUS. 

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