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How to Make Homemade Pizza
Looking for homemade goodness to serve on movie night or even Sunday football? Read about how to make your own Homemade Pizza.
Gather the ingredients listed in the Supply Tab.
Preheat the oven to it's lowest temperature; this will help with the rising of the dough. Warm your bowl with hot water and dry. When the oven is warm, turn it off.
Pour the water into the bowl. The water's temperature should feel comfortable on your wrist. Add the sugar and yeast; whisk to incorporate. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let sit for 10 minutes.
During the 10 minutes, the yeast/sugar mixture should get foamy. At this time the yeast starts to activate.
After proofing is completed, remove the plastic wrap. Add the salt and the olive oil. Whisk to incorporate.
Add the first cup of flour. Whisk in completely.
Whisk in the second cup of flour.
When adding the third cup of flour, use a spoon. At this point the dough is too much for the whisk to handle.
On the fourth cup of flour, use your hands to mix thoroughly.
At this point you start to knead the dough. I keep it in the bowl but you should put the dough on a floured board.
Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Really work the gluten. You might even hear little pops once in awhile.
After 10 minutes, the dough should look like this. It will feel soft.
Drizzle oil in the bowl.
Form the dough into a ball. Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with the olive oil.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. This will trap the heat and help with the rising process.
Cover the bowl with a towel and place in the warm oven. Leave the dough in the oven for an hour or until doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the oven. This is what the dough should look like after it's risen.
Get ready to make the Pizza. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
With a knife, cut the dough in half. This dough can be frozen for later use. Put olive oil in a gallon storage bag, place the dough in the bag and coat with the olive oil.
Take the dough and place on the pizza pan. Starting in the center, spread to the pan's edges.
Ready to spread the sauce?
Scoop some sauce into the middle and spread to the edges.
I was once told, "spread a thin layer of sauce on the pizza. And don't use hot sauce"
Add the topping(s). Here I used Italian Sausage. It was made with chicken rather than pork but has just the right amount of spices that you can't tell it's chicken.
Spread the cheese.
Then drizzle olive oil over the top. This adds flavor and browns the top.
Place the pizza in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, check the bottom. If it's not done, leave in the oven about 5 minutes more. Watch closely so it doesn't burn.
Remove the pizza from the oven. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Cut the pizza with the pizza cutter.
There you have it. A delicious homemade Pizza, that doesn't take long to make. And it's made with ingredients that are in your pantry all the time. Enjoy!!
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