Friday, July 8, 2011

Homemade Pizza Crust and Sauce


I realized some of my recipes can't be searched here because they are at the other URL so I'll have to add them here too. This recipe for homemade pizza crust and sauce is a tried and true favorite for us. This pizza dough recipe gives me two 14" round pizzas and I usually make the kids their fave of Hawaiian with olives and Mr's fave of Italian Sausage, olives, onions and bell peppers.

Pizza Crust
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (I had to use more, just depends)

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
In a stand mixer, add the yeast mixture, salt and oil. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Using a dough hook mix until the dough "cleans the bowl", you may need to add more flour until it looks right.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour if needed, until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour (I set it in a warm oven).

Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before cutting it in half and rolling out and placing on pan/stone.
Add sauce and toppings.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (220 degrees C). Bake for 10-15 minutes.
(Convection oven to 475' bake for 10 minutes)




Pizza Sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
6 fluid ounces warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used a shake of this)
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (I used a tiny pinch)
salt to taste

In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water, Parmesan cheese, garlic, honey, onion powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt; mix together, breaking up any clumps of cheese.
Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.



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7 Comments:

Peter Schott said...

We use a little garlic powder in the pizza dough - gives it a nice flavor. For our sauce, we use crushed tomatoes and seasonings to taste - usually onion/garlic powders, a smidge of olive oil, and some italian seasoning. We heat ours up a bit to cook in some of the flavors and out a little of the water, but not much. It does make for some great pizzas.

And a caution for anyone who wants to use whole wheat flour - it's doable, but makes for a very dense crust. Experiment to find what works well for you.

Now I want to make pizza, even if it is > 100 degrees outside. :-)

royalegacy said...

Just one question on the pizza dough: does it seem chewy like pizza dough that I would get at a restaurant, or is it soft like bread?

I am going to try the pizza sauce. I have not found one that we have particularly like, and I am tired of used jarred spaghetti sauce.

Jacob And Angie Ward said...

Looks yummy!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

royalegacy, this crust is a little crispy (depends how long you bake it), I make 2 rounds out of this and cook on a pizza pan.

When I first used to make it, I made 1 large cookie sheet tray from it, and it was more of a soft crust.

Desi said...

I really need to learn how to make my own pizza crust! It intimidates me :( But I will definitely try out this recipe! I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

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Annette said...

Can you substitute your gluten free flour mix in this recipe?

Rachelle said...

Annette,
I have not used that GF flour mix in this recipe. I have not found a homemade GF crust that I like yet. :/

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