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Deanna's homemade pizza

Actual photo I took as I was serving it last night...

Years ago, I made my homemade pizza because we didn't have money to order out.  Now I just make it because it's yum!   Enjoy, and if you have any questions just post in the comments and I'll help you out.

 Pizza Dough
1 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups all purpose flour plus about 1/2 cup more to use as you are kneading and rolling.
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast, stirring with fork until dissolved. The water should turn a light beige color. Add 1 cup of flour and the salt. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add a second cup of flour and repeat. The dough should start coming away from the sides of the bowl, forming a soft, sticky mass. Take the last bit of flour and sprinkle it over a clean, dry surface. Flour your hands well.  Take the dough from the bowl and begin to work in the flour a little at a time. Use the heel of your hand to push the dough down and push across the surface, putting your fist in and twisting it over. Keep pushing the heel of your hand down on it until it does not stick at all.  Work as much flour as you need into it until it stops sticking while you work with it.  Lightly oil another mixing bowl.  (I spray mine with canola oil.)  Place ball of dough in bowl, and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Keep in warm place and let dough rise for 30-45 minutes. When dough is done rising, turn it onto a pizza stone and roll it out.  (I use my pampered chef round or square pizza stone, and roll it out right on to that.)

Sauce recipe follows below.  You want to make this while the dough is rising.  Add sauce, cheese and whatever toppings desired, and bake at about 375 or 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is getting a little browned on top.  (For recipe shown above I used a bag of shredded mozzarella as well as a bag of shredded parmesan.) 

Yum, doesn't this look AMAZING?
Pizza Sauce
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes (in juice)
1 small can tomato paste
1 can water (use same tomato paste can) 
1 small white or sweet onion, diced very small
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped minced
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme
pinch salt
pinch pepper
pinch sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix ingredients and simmer on low in saucepan while making dough.    

Enjoy!

Comments

Melissa said…
OH YUMMO! Gonna try this out this week, I have one week left with my teenage niece. We are going to make homemade pizza and then go watch Eclipse together this week. When I showed her the pics she was like...OH YEA! :)
Ruth, PA said…
I use your dough recipe, but have been looking for a sauce recipe for years. About how long do you cook your sauce? And thanks for posting!
I pretty much cook it while the dough is rising...about 45 minutes to an hour.

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