Whose mouth doesn’t water when the tantalizing aroma of rich, italian pizza sauce, crispy, golden dough and melting cheese wafts from the oven door permeating the air? Whether it’s the ready made store bought dough rounds, or you make your own, just about everyone loves pizza. It only makes sense in these dire economic times, that learning to make pizza dough at home is going to cut grocery costs considerably. Even if your work schedule prevents the time needed for you to spend fifteen minutes preparing your own pizza dough, why not try making a few on your days off, then freezing for future use?
Creating your own pizza dough is much easier than it looks. The recipe below is one of the easiest and is guaranteed to satisfy your pizza cravings.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil for coating pan and dough.
3 cups white sifted flour
1 packet rapid rise yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
One jar of pizza sauce
1 minced clove of garlic
1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms
1 sliced green bell pepper
1/4 cup pamesan cheese
1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozarella cheese
Mix the flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water and honey. Mix well with a large wooden spoon. Place dough ontoa floured board and knead lightly. Pour olive oil into a clean bowl. Coat a pizza pan, stone or baking pan with some of the olive oil,then place the dough into the bowl with the remaining olive oil and turn to coat. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for fifteenminutes. Punch down the dough and pat into the prepared pan. Preheat oven to 425 F.Place toppings in order of appearanceand bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden on bottom and cheese is bubbly.If you would like your crust to be more cheesy, sprinkle some shredded cheese around the outer rim of your pizza dough when it is on the pan, then seal the dough over with your fingers before baking. Makes one large pizza.
You’ll need a topping or more to complete your pizza.There so many toppings to choose from such as meats, cheeses, raw vegetables or all three. Given a chance, one can create to their heart’s desire.
Examples for toppings are:
shredded colby, cheddar, or monterey jack cheeses
pineapple rings with chopped ham
ground cooked beef
chicken breast strips
And the list goes on as far as your imagination takes you. No matter which toppings you choose, not only is it less expensive to make a great pizza at home, it’s also better tasting and healthier for you. Now that you know how easy making your own pizza can be, you’ll be surprising family and friends regularly with all your new creations.