Saturday, June 25, 2011

Homemade Pizza

Our 10 yr old granson,Riley, and our friends' grandson, Wyatt, (see photo.. Riley in front) visit the mountains at the same time each summer. They have become inseparable friends and look forward to several weeks together each year. They learned to make pizza from scratch this year! So, when I say it's an EASY, failproof recipe, believe me! They have both declared commercial pizza (Pizza Hut, etc.) terribly inferior to their culinary creations! I love it! Get yourself in the kitchen and try this.. don't let the boys outdo you!!!

Homemade Pizza Crust
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water (I use tap water, as hot as it runs). Cover with a dish towel and let stand in a warm place until creamy, about 10 minutes.
Stir in oil, flour and salt. Beat with mixer (I use dough hook) until smooth. You can do this by hand, if you have lots of strength!
Cover with dish towel, let stand in a warm place to rest for 10 minutes.
Turn dough onto floured surface and roll into a circle (or whatever shape you like!)
This makes 1 large or 2 medium pizzas. Cut the dough in half and roll each separately as the boys did to make personal pizzas.
Transfer to a lightly greased pizza pan (or baking sheet). Spread with toppings and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness of crust.

Helen's Notes: Typical Italian pizza has a very mild tomato sauce. I use plain canned tomato sauce with a teaspoon of sugar added. The boys made "Meat Lover's" with all meat toppings. The key to great pizza, they found, was lots of cheese!

Have fun!!

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