Sunday, December 16, 2007

Homemade Pizza

Easy & delicious!

6 oz. can tomato paste
6 oz. can water
1 T sugar
1 t oregano
1 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t basil
2 T parmesean cheese

Mix paste and water with wire whisk in bowl. Add spices, mix well. Add cheese last to prevent lumps. Makes enough sauce for dough recipe. Make the sauce a day ahead for extra flavor.

4 3/4 C flour
1 T salt
2 T sugar
1 t basil
1 t garlic powder
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in large bowl.

2 C warm (not hot) water
1 1/2 - 2 T yeast

In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk, stir water while slowly adding yeast. Whisk until yeast is thoroughly dissolved, then pour into dry mixture. Knead in heavy mixer like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch for 6-7 minutes (or by hand 8-10 min.). Allow dough to rise for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Spray pizza pan before putting dough on it. Work dough to edges of pan. Put on sauce leaving one inch around outside. Add cheese evenly, then add desired toppings. Sprinkle top lightly with extra cheese. Bake in preheated 460 degree oven for 14-18 min, or until crust is golden brown.

To make breadsticks, rub vegetable oil on prepared dough, sprinkle with garlic powder and cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes in 460 degree oven.

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