Easy as Pie.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I'm a big pizza fan, and when I say big I mean HUGE. That being said, the boyfriend and I thought "how hard could it be to make pizza from scratch?" Well, I'll tell you the answer: it was SO easy.  In fact, I wish someone would have told me that earlier.  We relied on the good ol' world wide web for a recipe and were very pleased with the outcome.  Not only was it delicious, it was simple!

We put tomatoes on half the pizza and I actually wish that we put it on the whole pie. I'll surely be making more pizza from scratch in the future.  That's not to say I won't go for the restaurant pizza either as there are lots of favorites in my book!

Homemade Pizza

Tomato Sauce:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
Dash red pepper, optional

3 cups flour, more or less
1 heaping tablespoon honey
1 heaping tablespoon oil
1 cup warm water
1 packet yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
Tomato (optional)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a medium saucepan, add a small amount of olive oil and garlic.  Cook garlic on low for about two minutes until slightly browned. Add remaining ingredients for sauce: salt, tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, pepper, oregano, olive oil, and red pepper. Let simmer on low on stove for about 10 minutes or until ready to use.

For the dough, mix all ingredients except for the flour. Add flour and knead until you have a ball of dough.  Let the dough sit and rise for a few minutes. The more it rises, the fluffier the dough will be.
Shape the dough into a circle and place it on a pizza stone/pan/sheet.  Spread desired amount of tomato sauce on the dough, leaving a 1-2 inch border.  Sprinkle with mozzarella and add desired toppings.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, checking often. Enjoy!

Note, my pizza pan was about 14 inches in diameter and my dough came out thicker than desired.  I recommend using less dough depending on the pan size and how thick you want the crust to be.


Scientific Housewife said...

We love making our own pizza, but we usually use the crust that Publix has, it's awesome!

Laura said...

I love making home made pizza too! I always use a cookie sheet, but I think it would be better in a pan or with a pizza stone. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

OK I am making this tomorrow. Yummy. thanks for sharing :)

L said...

Oh, the Pizza looks D-lish! That's one thing I need to do more often. There's nothing like homemade pizza!

Thanks for the sweet comment today! That's cool that you learned how to knit just watching Youtube videos! Have you ever posted photos of a whole scarf you've done? I'd love to see one! My mom is really good at it, I, on the other hand, have a lot of practice ahead of me! haha! : )

I hope you have a great day! Looking forward to checking our your blog!

Elle Sees said...

mine always turn out disastrous! i gotta try yours out

jaclyn said...

your pizza looks fabulous and delicious - it looks almost like its from a pizzeria! i'm going to have to try out this recipe!


Gawgus things... said...

Since moving to France, I've always made my own pizza as their dough somehow tastes sweet to me?!? You'll never buy another pizza again now..! xx

~k said...

YUM-O! I luv,luv,luv pizza too! I'll have to try this recipe out!


Marissa said...

that looks delish! i will try out the dough (don't think i'm up for making my own sauce just yet).

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Miyan said...

this pizza looks so amazing! im going to have to try to make it...

and i totally recommend Lauren Conrad's books, esp if you have ever seen The Hills, which I feel like the books are based off of.



Chelsea said...

I'm so happy you discovered this home made happiness! When I was younger my mother went through an intense bread-making phase. Naturally, this led to pizza making -- particularly dessert pizza dishes, such as cherry and apple streussel. I highly recommend you try those as well!

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Human Sparkler ♥ said...

Ahhh I just love pizza so much and your blog! I'm jealous..I want to eat that right now!!

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