Extraordinary Pizza! (So good it will make you sing Dean Martin!)

On 3-25, the same night that my friend made the chocolate cheesecake featured yesterday, we also made pizza. The pizza turned out amazing- with homemade crust and sauce. We ended up making three, because all of us like different types of pizza. Although it certainly was a hell of a lot of trouble, I believe that it was definitely worth it. I was thrilled to use the pizza stones that we got. The deep dish pizza was most exciting. I cannot wait to do this one again so that I can share it with my family. The sauce was absolutely sublime- and between three different sets of tastebuds, we added a lot of little things here and there to make it better. This post will have two recipes and a huge set of pictures- so get ready!!

Pizza Crust (2 pizzas)

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • .5 oz active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of Italian seasoning

Directions

  1. Sift the flour and yeast into a large bowl. (Again, I use yeast that doesn’t have to be dissolved in warm water first.)
  2. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour the water, olive oil, salt, and seasoning into the well.
  3. Use a spatula to mix the water into the flour.
  4. After you can no longer mix it, turn the dough out onto a floured surface or pastry mat.
  5. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes then gather it into a ball.
  6. Spread some olive oil in a bowl.  Place the ball of dough into the bowl. Cut a slit in the top of the dough.
  7. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for about 2 hours.
  8. After rising, turn out the dough again and knead briefly. Separate the dough into two halves.
  9. Shape each half of the dough into a round crust using your hands and a rolling pin.
  10. Top the dough with sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings. (Will need to bake 20-25 minutes.)

Pizza Sauce (2-3 pizzas)

Ingredients (everything but the kitchen sink!)

  • Crushed Tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of red wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • some minced garlic clove
  • a few sundried tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pizza Seasoning (to taste)
  • sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan (except for the last two)
  2. Cook over low for about 15 minutes. (Make sure the wine has time to reduce.)
  3. After cooking for 15 minutes, taste the sauce. Then add Pizza Seasoning and sugar until you find the taste satisfactory.
  4. Use as much or as little sauce as you prefer- freeze the rest to use for later!

Assembling The Pizza

Directions

  1. Make the crusts.
  2. Make the pizza sauce.
  3. Pour about 1/2-1cup of sauce onto the crust.
  4. Add cheese and whatever other toppings you like.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°.
  6. Remove from oven, cool, cut, eat.

flour in the sifter

sifted flour

well in the flour

water oil and spices in the flour

after mixing in the water

dough

before rising

after rising

a pizza crust!

spices for the sauce

sauce

finished sauce

cheese & pepperoni before baking

cheese & pepperoni after baking

pepperoni and bacon before baking

pepperoni and bacon after baking

deep dish pepperoni/mushroom/bacon before baking

deep dish after baking

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About Bethea

I am a 23 year old with an unruly muse! I'm constantly crafting in some form- baking, knitting, writing, etc.

Posted on March 29, 2011, in Dinner, Recipe and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good god that is a terrible picture of me.

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