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Ironman
02-02-2007, 11:15 AM
I've found that there are only a few basic tricks for making good pizza at home. Use fresh mozzarella if you can find it

1) let your dough rise overnight in the fridge
2)Use a pizza stone

Here is good recipe for the base..

Pizza Crust

Ingredients 2 Packages yeast (This equals 1/2 oz. or 4 and 1/2 tsp.)
2 teaspoons sugar
4 cups of flour or more
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil (if available use, Extra Virgin)
1 and 1/2 cups of warm water

Directions:

1. Put yeast and sugar in a cup. Add 1/2 cup of water. The water should be
between 100 and 110 degrees. Mix well. Wait about 5 minutes for the yeast and
sugar to activate.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, olive oil, 1 cup of warm water
and the yeast mixture. Mix this with a fork to get all the liquid
absorbed by the flour.

3. Place a handful of flour on a pastry board or mixing surface. Dust your hands
and spread out the flour. Empty the contents of the bowl on to the flour.

4. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes or until the texture is smooth and uniform.
If the dough seems a little sticky, add a little more flour. One method to
knead, is to lean on the dough with the palm of
your hand. Press the dough to the mixing surface. Fold the dough and repeat.

5. Place the dough in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Place bowl in draft
free area and cover with a damp cloth.

6. Let the dough rise for about an hour. Punch down the dough and wait about 45 minutes (or do an overnight rise in the fridge if you have time). Your dough is now ready.
If you can let this rest and rise in the fridge overnight its worth the wait!

7. Cut the dough in half (for 2 pizzas) or quarter (for 4 thin pizzas).
8. Dust a rolling pin with flour and roll out on a floured pastry board until
the dough is the desired shape. Keep using flour, so the dough won't stick.

9. Dust a cookie sheet with corn meal. (Oil will work ok, but the dough will be
greasy.) Use a spatula and slide the dough onto the cookie sheet.

10. If you have a peel, assemble pizza on a peel dusted with corn meal. Or assemble the pizza on a floured board and slide the peel
underneath when finished! Then use the peel to place the pizza on the
pre-heated pizza stone. (This is the absolute best way to make pizza! When you use a pizza stone pre-heat the oven for at least 50 minutes to an hour at 500* F to cook your pizza)

I cook my pizza at 550F for about 10 minutes or so.... *It really helps if you have a pizza stone. Top with pizza sauce and your choice of toppings.

Basic Pizza Sauce

I get the stuff at the store in the bottle and add a little sugar. Its good, its fast and simple. But here is a basic sauce recipe.

6 oz can tomato paste
6 oz warm water
3 T grated parm cheese
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregaon
3/4 t onion powder
1.5 T honey
1 garlic clove, minced finely
salt/pepper to taste

Mix it all up well and let it sit 30 minutes to let the flavors marry.

cj7
02-02-2007, 11:34 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmm Pizza!

My Favorite!

I'll have to try thie recipe!

Ironman
02-02-2007, 11:40 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmm Pizza!

My Favorite!

I'll have to try thie recipe!
Great! I'd like to hear how it went when you try it CJ. If you have any questions just ask. :)