Pizza Pizza Pizza

Pizza

I’ve been making my own pizza for years now.  Whenever someone wants to go out for pizza or order one, I am always reluctant because it literally costs a few dollars for me to make it at home (especially since I always have the ingredients on hand) versus having to pay over $12-17 dollars at our favorite pizza restaurant.  Plus….I cheat a little.  I make my dough in a bread maker.  I do make my own sauce (so easy and the ingredients are cheap to buy).  So, when my mom called to ask for my recipe, I told her that I would put it on the blog. 

The bread maker I use is the Breadman.  I never bake bread in the bread maker.  I like for it to do the hard work for me.  I like to believe I am making bread once the the dough is done and I form it into the shape I want it to be whether it is for a pizza, focaccia bread, dinner rolls, etc.  I just love the aroma from the oven that emanates throughout the house and most importantly I bask in the beauty of the item once it is done.  There is nothing like it!  I also get great pleasure in serving my food to friends and family.  This is my simple pleasure.

Here is the link for the recipe book that I use for my bread maker:  http://data.manualslib.com/pdf2/41/4022/402142-toastmaster/the_corner_bakery.pdf?0b172cce1791e7369a65b39c2ac6bf00.  My bread maker is old but it still does the work! 

Ingredients for 2-thick crust pizza:

1 2/3 c water
2 Tbl oil

2 Tbl sugar (I use agave nectar)
1 tsp salt
2 Tbl dry milk (I use dry buttermilk)
4 1/2 c bread flour (I use unbleached all-purpose flour.  King Arthur flour is very good.  It is cheaper to buy at Wal-Mart.  You can also get a large size of unbleached flour at Sam’s Club; store in your cupboard what you will use and then freeze the rest.)
2 tsp dry yeast

Place the ingredients in the bread maker in the order of the recipe.  It takes about 1 hour and a half for the dough to be completed. 

My recipe for pizza sauce (you know I don’t measure.  So, you will need to use your taste buds to modify the recipe to your liking):

1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of tomato paste
1-2 gloves of diced garlic
(you can also use powder garlic or pre-mashed garlic)
Olive oil
Red pepper flakes
Oregano or Italian seasoning

Mix together and refrigerate.

Once you form the pizza dough, season the dough with Italian seasoning then add the sauce.  Then it will be your turn on how creative you are on the toppings.  Be traditional or as “wild” as you like.  Let me know how this works for you. 

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