Monday, February 27, 2012

Homemade Pizza

My boys love pizza, so do their "best friends".  Instead of ordering pizza, I love to make them one from scratch - it is really very easy and you know exactly what your kids are eating!  I even make the sauce, but I'm not QUITE ready to share that recipe!  They are young - they still only want cheese on their pizza, but hey, I'm OK with that! 

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Homemade Pizza
Makes 1 pizza

1 cup warm water
1 packet yeast
3 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar (you can substitute honey here too)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Pour the water into a mixing bowl and add the yeast.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Add the salt, sugar, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Start mixing, I use a stand mixer for this with the dough hook attachment.  Slowly add in the flour, one cup at a time, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides and is forming into a ball.  If it is too sticky, add more flour, if it isn't coming together, add more water. 

Knead on a floured surface for a few minutes to stretch out.  Coat a large bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the dough and turn to coat with the olive oil.  Cover with a damp towel and put bowl in a warm place, free from drafts.  Let rise for at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Punch the dough down and roll it out.  I use a pizza stone, so I spread out the cornmeal on the pizza stone to prevent the pizza from sticking.  Place the pizza dough on the stone and roll up the edges.  Add the sauce, toppings, and cheeses.  Before putting in the oven, drizzle the final tablespoon of olive oil to the top of the pizza. 

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Once done, let sit for 5-10 minutes out of the oven before slicing. 

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