Homemade Pizza

Friday, April 3, 2009

Yesterday I tried my hand at homemade pizza dough and sauce.  As I said, I want to try to save some money in this area because we have pizza so much, and also make it a bit healthier.  At least with the pizza I made I can PRONOUNCE every ingredient!

Both the dough and sauce recipes were from allrecipes.com.  I did tweak both of them slightly and probably would tweak them even more next time I make the pizza.

The dough recipe was Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough.  I did not use all whole wheat flour because I’ve never had a pizza with even a little bit of whole wheat in it and didn’t want to be overwhelmed the first time.  Therefore I used half whole wheat and half all-purpose.  The rest of the recipe was the same.  However, since the crust was STUCK (and I mean REALLY stuck) to the pan, next time I will rub the pan with a bit of olive oil before placing the dough on it. Using 1 cup whole wheat flour added 12 grams (!) of fiber.  Since we each ate half the pizza, that was 6 grams of fiber–wow!  Pretty good.

Here’s my adapted recipe:

2 and 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl place warm water and sprinkle with yeast–use spoon to stir together.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.  In a large bowl, combine both flours and salt.  Make a small well.  Put in honey, then yeast mixture.  Stir well to combine.  Set aside in a warm spot for a few minutes.  Roll dough on oiled pan and poke a few holes in it with a fork.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, cover with sauce and toppings and cook until cheese slightly browned, about 15 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes, cut, serve and enjoy!  The nice thing about this dough is that you don’t have to let it rise for a long period of time.  That way you can decide you want pizza mid-afternoon and not worry about the dough not being ready at dinnertime.

The sauce was Easy Pizza Sauce III (snazzy name, right).  If I make this again next time I will definitely leave out the paprika–I’m not a big fan.  Also add fresh garlic instead of the garlic salt I used in place of the minced dry garlic. I do have to say that the sauce, while it tasted pretty nasty once I mixed it up, tasted surprisingly well on the pizza itself, so do not be surprised if you think it smells/tastes horrible if you follow the recipe as written.

My adapted recipe from last night:

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 tablespoon ground oregano

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon ground paprika

Simply stir everything together in a bowl.  It makes a lot.  Don’t be surprised.  I think I may have to freeze some, which I’ve never done before.

The toppings were: sliced onion, sliced green and red peppers, and sliced grape tomatoes (SO good on a pizza–used to just have sliced regular tomatoes and there is NO comparison), and 2 cups mozz cheese.

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The verdict: this pizza really was good, despite all my anger at the dough sticking to the pan and my worry that the sauce tasted horrible.  It came together and was TASTY.  Definitely will make again.

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