Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Homemade Pizza

There's much I need to blog about but time is short. Hopefully later I'll update peeps. There is MUCH to share!!!!

In the meantime, here's one of our new favorite (and CHEAP!) meals. I share this thanks to a friend who kindly gave me permission (thanks, Teresa!). And if you've got a homemade pizza recipe or other thoughts /ideas, please share!

Teresa's Homemade Pizza and Pizza Sauce

In a very large bowl mix the following and let sit for 5 minutes. (It will be foamy.)

2 cups very warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt

Then add...
4 tablespoons oil
5 cups flour (If you're like me you need to measure! Use a knife too!)

Knead it in the bowl. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rise for about 30 minutes. Punch it down and divide it in half or thirds (depends on how thin you like your crust and how big your pan is!). Note: this dough freezes well! So don't let the quantity scare you.

While your dough is rising, oil your pizza pans and then make the sauce by mixing...

1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
some sugar (optional)
Dash of pepper

Grab your dough and spread it as thin as you like into your pan(s). Wrap unused dough in plastic and freeze any extras. Tip: If you like crispier crust, bake it for ~5 minutes (or more) at 425 degrees.

Top with sauce and whatever topping sound good to you. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven, at 410 degrees. (If you like less crunchy crust, lower the temperature to about 375.)


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