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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homemade Fresh Pizza for less than Delivery or Carryout!

So we live in a small town where the only fast food place is a gas station, I was joking with my husband that we should open a pizza place since there is no Pizza Hut or Papa Johns. I took my joke to a new level when I decided to make my first ever homemade pizza from scratch. HA! So I bought bread flour, yeast quick rise, Parmesan cheese, pepperoni and cheese.

Here is my First Attempt at Pizza Dough Recipe
Pizza Dough: (This is a thick crust)

2 and 3/4 cups of bread flour
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 pinch of salt

(* Parmesan Cheese is optional, you can use 3 cups of bread flour instead)

In a large bowl mix the following:
1 cup of warm water
1pkg of yeast fast/quick rise
1 tablespoon of oil (I used vegetable all I had)
1 teaspoon of honey
 Stir to combine and let it sit 5-6 minutes

 Slowly mix the flour combo into the liquid I would suggest 1 cup at a time until it is smooth but slightly sticky. You won't use all the flour mixture. Turn it out onto a floured surface and kneed for about 3-5 minutes into a ball. use the remaining oil to coat another bowl and place dough into bowl and cover with saran wrap tightly. Place in a warm area to allow it to double in size. Takes about an hour.

Once it is ready, I rolled it out to fit on a 15 inch pizza plan, forming the crust around the edges like one of those fancy pizza chains. 

Sauce:
I used a jar of Ragu garlic and onion spaghetti sauce. I added 1 tsp of rosemary, 1 tsp of oregano, 1 tsp of basil, 1 tsp of garlic, 1 tsp of onion powder.

I then topped my pizza crust with sauce, then 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and covered it with pepperoni. I like mine extra cheesy, use less cheese if you don't

Preheated the oven to 450 and baked 10-15 minutes. Put it on 400 if you like a softer crust.

Once it was done, I melted some butter and garlic and brushed it on the crust.

Second Attempt at Pizza Dough PERFECTED!!!

2.5 cups of bread flour

In Large bowl mix the below ingredients and let it sit for like 10 minutes.

1 pkg of fast rise yeast
roughly 7-8oz of warm water
1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 tsp of salt (I did 3-4 shakes of the salt shaker)
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of oil
Spray butter for the pan

Slowly add the flour to the mix until it forms a dough. knead into a ball. Use 1 tablespoon of oil in a glass pan and spread with paper towel. Place the dough glass pan and if you have an warming zone on your stove, turn it on and place the glass bowl on the warming zone for 20-30 minute until it rises.
If you do not have a warm zone, place the dough in a warm area and let it rise for about an hour or two. Once the dough has risen, split it in half and roll out one half of the dough into a circle for your pizza pan. I use a large glass to roll out my dough. Spray the pan with butter. I rolled this one out thin and then formed the crust around the pan. Preheat your oven to 475 at this point.  You can either put the remaining dough in the fridge and use another night or roll it out for a second pizza.  It should last 3-4 days in the fridge.


Once you have the dough rolled out add the marina sauce and your toppings. 
I used Chicken and Jalapenos below


 Top with cheese





Bake on 475 for 10 minutes



Costs:
1 5lb bag of bread flour was 2.00 at Food Lion (I still have pretty much the whole bag left)
1 bag of Mozzarella cheese was 2.00 at Walmart
Armour Pepproni was 2.18 at Walmart (I only used half of the package)
3 packages of yeast was 1.11 at Food Lion (still have 2 left)
Parmesan Cheese was 2.70 at Food Lion (I used just 1/2 cup)
Spaghetti Sauce was 1.28 at Walmart (I only used about 1/4 of the jar)

You could easily make 3 large pizza's for less than $4.00. It might be a little more depending on the amount of cheese you use! But look for those deals, sometimes if you buy cheese in bulk or when it is on sale, you could even save more!