Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce

I read a book a while back called A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender.  It had these two recipes in the back of the book and I have really enjoyed making it.  Once you have the dough and pizza sauce recipe you can make it your own by adding whatever topping you like. 

Printable Version: Pizza dough and Sauce

For Pizza Dough:
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 pkg yeast
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
2 cup bread flour (I just used unbleached all purpose flour)
cornmeal for dusting

Combine water, sugar, yeast, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and oregano. Let cure 3 minutes. Add flour and mix with dough hook 3-4 minutes or until it forms a ball.  Knead on counter 3-4 minutes longer.  (I didn't do this) Form into a ball. Spray clean bowl with cooking spray. (I put about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of the bowl instead) Place ball of dough in bowl and turn to coat the top. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise at least 1 hour. Punch down and it is ready to use. I made 1/2 for tonight and will use the other 1/2 one day later this week. You can refrigerate it for a couple of day.  Lightly dust the work surface with cornmeal. Shape dough with hands to size desired. Makes 1-14" pizza or 2-7" pizzas. Bake 425 degrees 10 minutes.

Pizza Sauce:

8 oz tomato sauce
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
1/4 teaspoon diced basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of salt and pepper

This sauce does not need to be cooked. Just mix ingredients and add 3-4 tablespoons per pizza.

I topped my crust with Canadian Bacon, sliced tomatoes, mozarella cheese, and 4 cheese blend (cheddar would be fine)

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