Years ago we moved from Connecticut to Florida. In Connecticut we were used to delicious pizza that you could have delivered to your house. When we first moved to Florida we could not find a decent pizza anywhere. As a result my husband learned how to make the most delicious pizza. It didn’t happen over night and we had many pizzas where the crust was too thick or too thin. However it didn’t take long for him to perfect his pizza. I am so glad he did because now that we live in Vermont we once again live in an area where good pizza can be hard to find and not close by.
Not only is making your own pizza fun but it is much cheaper than delivery pizza. Feel free to make lots of dough, as the extra will keep well in the freezer. It’s wonderful to be able to grab a frozen hunk of dough, thaw it and roll it, and create toppings from whatever you have in the pantry or fridge.
Here is the recipe my husband uses:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ¼tsp instant yeast
¾ tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ -¾ cup warm water
Stir in the water, add the lesser amount first as you may not need to add all of the water. Turn the shaggy mixture onto your work surface. Knead until smooth and shiny.Let the dough rise in an oiled, covered bowl until double in size.Once the dough is risen, stretch the dough over your pizza pan.It is now ready for the toppings. Our favorite is a sausage pizza or a fresh tomato basil pizza!
Other toppings include using a combination of cheeses, thinly sliced onions, pepperoni, sliced garden tomatoes or chopped steamed broccoli, but the combinations of meats, vegetables and fruits as toppings are endless! Do you make pizza in your house? What are your favorite toppings?
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