Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

I grew up in small towns, or more accurately, outside of small towns, generally on a farm. Pizza places are in very short supply in those kinds of places.

When I moved to Calgary – pizza places everywhere. I worked at a pizza place for a couple months while I went to school – which meant pizza for supper on work nights.

Anytime the urge for pizza happened, order delivery (no car at the time). Then along came high blood pressure. 😦

I did try making pizza a couple times over the years, using those pre-made pizza shells or the pizza kit in a box….they’re okay, but not amazing.

A while ago, I tried again. Winner!

I used a bread recipe, which is truly excellent, some store bought pizza sauce, and the fixings.

Now, for your nomming pleasure…..

Pizza crust:

I got this bread recipe from http://www.melskitchencafe.com/perfect-white-sandwich-bread/ (I just don’t add the salt)

2 TB yeast

2-3/4 cups of warm water

1/4 cup sugar or honey

6 to 7-1/2 cups of flour

1/4 cup oil

Put the water, sugar, yeast and 3 cups of flour in a bowl and mix up a little. Leave it for 10 minutes to start working. When it’s foamy, add the oil and another 3 cups of flour. Mix til a smooth ball of dough happens. If it stays sticky, add a quarter to half a cup of flour at a time til the dough is good. (Amount of flour will vary depending on humidity)

Pop into a warm spot to rise. In summer, the counter is good enough generally. In winter, I turn the oven on to 100F and put the dough in there.

When it has risen, and it will, push it down, split into 4 even pieces and spread out as a crust.

This dough can be frozen and used later. I absolutely recommend using silpats to bake the pizza on if you don’t have a pizza stone (which I do not). I have tried flouring the bottom of the dough & lost half the crust to the pan. I have also used cornmeal and it works very well, as long as it is spread evenly, otherwise you’ll lose pieces of crust. 🙂

Once your pizza crust is spread out, top with pizza sauce, salsa, white sauce, hot sauce or ranch dressing.

Then top it…..pepperoni, salami, chicken, steak, tofu, peppers, olives, spinach, onion, tomato, arugula, artichoke, pineapple, ham, mushrooms. Whatever makes you happy.

Then – the cheese! Mozzarella is the top choice. Of course, but cheddar works, Colby, marble, combinations of cheese….again, whatever you like or have.

Bake at 375 or 400 for about 15-20 minutes or til the crust is done and the cheese is melty.

Cut, plate and chow down!

:S

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