Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Homemade Pizza

I have to admit this is the first time I have ever made my own pizza crust AND pizza sauce. This truly is a homemade pizza. I am usually all about convenience when it comes to making pizza at home and will buy a pre-made pizza crust and jar of pizza sauce from the grocery store. But not this time! I wanted to try making it all from scratch! The pizza sauce was whipped together in the blender and the crust was ready in a matter of minutes...much easier than I had ever imagined. Not only did it taste WONDERFUL but it also gave me such a sense of accomplishment making it all from scratch! I'm not sure I'll ever be able to buy the pre-made items again...

Pizza Sauce

1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. basil
1/4 t. black pepper
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. onion powder
1 T. sugar

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until it reaches desired consistency.

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Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

3 c. flour, more or less
1 T. honey, heaping
1 T. oil, heaping
1 c. warm water
1 T. yeast
1 t.garlic salt

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. (If using a pizza stone, let stone heat for at least 30 minutes in the oven before baking pizza.) Mix all pizza dough ingredients together, except the flour. Add flour and knead for a bit then put into pan (or use a pizza stone). Top dough with sauce and toppings. If baking in a sheet pan, bake for about 12 minutes (checking often) until crust is browned and cheese is golden and bubbly. If baking on the preheated pizza stone, slide pizza onto stone and bake for about 8 minutes.

Makes 1 large pizza.

*Thanks to Real Mom Kitchen for these recipes! Here are the links to the recipes on her site:
Pizza Sauce
Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

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