Monday, July 30, 2012

Homemade Pizza

In our family, pizza night from retailers is just like "eh". BUT... If it is homemade pizza night, they kids shout for joy, there is love in the home, and you would think world peace has been achieved! I think this has more to do with the RECIPE than anything else.
I started long ago collecting (and tweaking) recipes to be worthy of making for my family or taking to gatherings. Some are made occasionally and others have become a staple in our home. This is one of the staples. I owe this to one of my besties (Tonya Bennett) The recipe for the dough is multi-purposeful. In addition to pizza crust and bread sticks, it makes for awesome scones, and Navajo Tacos.
I will warn you though... once you try this, there is no going back!


4 tsp Dry Active Yeast
1/2 c. White Sugar
1 1/2 c. warm water
4 c. White Flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 c. oil

In small glass bowl combine yeast, sugar, and water to activate yeast. Set aside for about 5 min. In large mixing bowl add flour and salt. After yeast has doubled, add oil to the yeast mixture. Add yeast mixture to flour. and mix until sides pull away from bowl and continue to knead for about 5 min. place moist towel and let rest for 10 minutes.  After resting dough, use desired amount to make large pizza crusts, or personal pizza crusts. Oil surface first. Add sauce and toppings. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Bake for 11-13 minutes for bread sticks. Makes 2 medium pizza crusts. (Large Round Pampered Chef Pizza Stone)


1 sm can Tomato Sauce
1 sm can Tomato Paste
1 Rounded TBSP White Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder (or fresh pressed garlic clove)
1 tsp Onion Power
1/4 tsp Hot Sauce (Tabasco-optional)

Mix together well. Heat for marinara dipping sauce. No need to heat if using on pizza.


1/2 ready made dough recipe above
1/2 cube melted butter
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt and pepper, each
1 tsp parsley
1/2-3/4 c. Fresh Parmesean Cheese

Mix everything except dough and butter on a plate. Put melted butter in a pie pan. Form dough into sticks. Roll in butter, then in seasoning mix. Place in pan.When all dough is used, if there is leftover butter or seasoning sprinkle on top of breadsticks. Bake at 425 degrees, for 11-13 minutes.

Yes, It is a lot of ingredients, but it is soooo worth it! Let me know when you make the recipe and let me know what you think! Happy baking!


Angie said...

I made this recipe for my family last week! Holy cow! DELISH! Thank you for sharing! this one is a keeper!