Recipe: Perfect Pizza at Home!

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I’m on a quest to make the perfect pizza dough.  I’m not quite there, but in the meantime, I make a lot of pizza and get to eat a lot of it, too!

I thought I would share my recipe for delicious pizza at home that you can make with a regular oven. You will need to prepare dough, first, which will take the most time.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pizza Dough

Here’s what you will need:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt to taste (I did 1 tsp)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water

 

Pizza Sauce

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp basil seasoning (in a jar, not fresh basil)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water

Toppings: whatever you want babeh

Here’s what I used for my three different pizzas.

  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni
  • basil
  • thinly sliced tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • sliced mushrooms
  • Italian sausage
  • sliced green bell pepper
  • red onion
  • fresh mozzarella

What to do:

First, you will need to prepare your dough. First bloom the yeast in a large mixing bowl. Take a half cup of  warm water and the tbsp of sugar. Whisk them so the sugar dissolves. Then, empty the packet of yeast into the water mixture. Allow all yeast to be incorporated. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Once the yeast has dissolved, you should have a foamy, brown mixture. Start incorporating your flour into your yeast mixture. Mix with hands or spoon.

Gently combine water, flour, and yeast mixture. If dough is too dry, add more water. If dough is too wet, add more flour. Add salt sparingly. Knead your dough until you have a soft, springy mass. Rest back into mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Allow  your dough to rise!

I left my dough alone over night in the fridge. You can skip if you are pressed for time.

While waiting for your dough, prep your sauce and preheat that oven to 450 degrees F! Dice your tomatoes and set aside. Take your tomato paste and scoop it out with a rubber spatula into a mixing bowl. Take half a cup of warm water and mix into the tomato paste to thin the paste out into a smoother consistency. I like to put the warm water in the tomato paste can to get as much as the remaining paste as I can. Incorporate the remaining cup of warm water and mix. Add the diced tomatoes and spices. Voila! Your sauce is done. Cover with and set aside for later.

Once you are pleased with your dough, separate into as many balls that you need. I made three pizzas, so I made three balls.

Place your dough ball onto your pizza pan and start to flatten your dough into a nice saucer. If you don’t have a circular pan, you can use a cookie sheet or baking sheet and make a rectangular pizza. Pizza, is pizza, not matter what shape!

Once you are happy with the thickness of your dough, you are ready for the sauce! If you like thicker, chewier crusts, you will need to start with a thicker base. You will also need to bake longer.

Start spreading your sauce! Then spread that cheese! Then spread the toppings! This is the most fun part. You can get creative!

Hopefully by now, your oven has reached 450 degrees F. Finish off that pizza by baking it for 8 minutes at 450 degrees. If you are not satisfied or the dough doesn’t looked cooked, bake it for 2 minutes more.

YAY! Let your pizza cool for a couple minutes before attempting to cut it.

TIME FOR A PIZZA PARTY!

 

 

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