Make Your Own Pizza

Sorry Domino’s, Papa John’s, etc. – we’re making our OWN pizza these days!

 

Makes 2 14″ pies

 

Pizza Dough:

1/4 cup warm Water

1 package active dry Yeast

4 1/4 cups sifted Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 1/4 cups lukewarm Water

2 tablespoons Olive or other cooking Oil

 

Pizza Sauce:

1 (8-ounce) can Tomato Sauce

1 (6-ounce) can Tomato Paste

1 tablespoon Olive or other cooking Oil

2 tablspoons Water

1 clove Garlic, peeled and crushed

1 teaspoon Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Sugar

1/8 teaspoon crushed dried hot red Chili Peppers

 

Topping:

 

3/4 pound Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced or coarsely grated

1/3 – 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1 teaspoon Oregano

 

Pour warm water in to a warm alrge bowl, sprinkle in yeast, and stir to dissolve.  Mix in 2 cups Flour, the Salt and Sugar.  Add lukewarm Water and Oil and beat until smooth.  Mix in remaining Flour and knead on a lightly floured board until elastic.  Shape into a ball, turn in greased bowl to grease all over, cover, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, warm all sauce ingredients together in a covered saucepan over lowest heat, stirring now and then, 20 minutes; keep warm until ready to use.

Preheat over to 450 degrees. Punch dough down, divide in half, refrigerate 1 piece, and roll the othr into a circle about 15″ across.  Place on a greased 14: pizza pan, roll edges under even with rim, and brush with a little oil. Spread half the sauce evenly over dough, sprinkle with half the mozarella, Parmesan and Oregano.

Prepare remaing dough the same way.  (Note:  Dough may be rolled to fit a 15 1/2″ x 12″” baking sheet if a pizza pan is unavailable.)  Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes until edges are well browned and cheese bubbly.  Cut each pie in 6 wedges and serve hot.  Pass extra Parmeasan, Oregano, and Chili Peppers if you like.  About 300 calories per pie-shaped wedge (6 wedges for each pie).

 

Of course, pizza toppings are up to your imagination.  And if you have little ones, they will have a ball making their own personal, individualized pizza!

 

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