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Home made Pizza
By Grace Buffa
Fridays are my favorite night to cook! I know I have a slam dunk meal with my kids when we make pizza. Since making my own pizza is so cheap and tastes better than buying it from a take out facility it has become a tradition in our house to kick off the weekend. What I love the most is even though my kids won't eat all these toppings that are shown in the picture above, I just grind them into my homemade sauce. They have NO clue that they are eating anything from Beets to Cauliflower...LOL! What a great way to eat great and get some nutrients into your diet. This is really fun night for the kids as they help make their own pizza and breadsticks as well.
Here is what you do. There are a couple of options...if you have a recipe to make your own homemade sauce then that's great, or you can buy your favorite organic, BPA Free pizza sauce to save time. The same thing goes for the dough, if you're in a pinch you can buy frozen pizza dough at your local grocery store (keep in mind that the dough needs time to defrost at least 4-5 hours, so plan ahead) or follow the recipe below to make your own dough, which is super easy as well!
To make the pizza dough you will need these ingredients:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 ½ cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
Stir in flour, salt, and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serves approximately 4 -6.