Wk 4 – Oh, How I Love Pizza

My favorite food in the whole world is PIZZA!!!!  So, it is fitting that I am on a mission to make my very own with a signature flavor.  This was a great foundation to start with, and I know over the years it will just get better and better.

We love to have family pizza night and the thinner the crust, the better.  Most of the time we will use a large tortilla shell; this way everyone gets to make their own and it significantly lowers the calories.  But tonight, I felt adventurous and made my own.

Dough:

  • 3 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbl sugar
  • 1 active yeast packet
  • 3 Tbl olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cup of warm water

Whisk flour and salt.  Make a well in the middle and add sugar, yeast packet, and warm water.  Knead until smooth and then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Form a ball and then brush the rest of the olive oil over it.  Cover the bowl and place in a warm spot.  We live in Florida, so I just set the bowl outside.  Let the bowl sit for about an hour and a half or until it has doubled its size.  This dough can be divided into 2, 3. or 4 smaller balls for individual or thinner pizzas.  Pre-heat oven to 450.  Stretch and roll out the dough being  used.  Place on a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest rack in the oven.  Bake until golden.  In my oven that is 7 minutes, but it may be 15 in yours.  Pull out the dough, top it with your favorite toppings (Andy’s is spicy sausage, sweet onion, and mozzarella) and place the pizza back in the oven until cheese bubbles, 7-15 mins.

Sauce:

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Tbl dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix and allow the flavors to blend for at least an hour.

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