Who doesn’t like to order out a cheesy, crispy, chewy pizza? Being that I moved to the southern states from the north I miss some of the Mom and Pop Pizza shops I grew up with. Franchise pizzeria’s are OK but occasionally I miss the taste of home so I whip out the ingredients make my own pizza.
Pizza has got to be one of the most favorite dishes out there and there are so many varieties. Here is mine but feel free to go with your gut when making your own…
2 packages of Active Dry Yeast
4 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
5-7 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Sauce of your choice. I use two 6 oz cans of tomato paste with a sprinkle Italian Seasoning, salt, sugar, garlic, powder. Adjust for flavor as needed.
1 package of mozzarella cheese 8 oz.
1 package of mixed Italian cheese 8 oz.
Natural casing Pepperoni is the best but pre-packaged sliced is okay.
Using a stand mixer with a dough hook, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add salt, oil, and 5 cups of flour. Turn on speed 2 for about a minute and continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl.
If you don’t have a mixer mix the 5 cups by hand with a wooden spoon and knead on a flour surface adding 1/2 a cup at a time till dough is elastic and not to sticky for about 8 to 10 minutes.
In another bowl put some Olive Oil in the bottom and place dough turning to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel and place in a turned off oven for dough to rise till doubled in size. About an 1 hour.
After the dough has risen, pre- heat oven to 450 degrees.
Turn dough onto a lightly flour surface, divide in half and roll out to the shape of your pan. I brushed 2 cookie sheets with Olive Oil and rolled slightly and barely stretched the dough to fit my cookie sheets.
Coat evenly with sauce and toppings, sprinkle some Oregano on top and bake for 14-16 minutes.
Nothing is more gratifying than biting into your own pizza creation. Enjoy…