Once in a while I have a craving for pizza. When I do, I can always count on my handy dandy pizza dough recipe which i find is the easiest one out there. As for toppings, I always am one to use what I have laying around in the fridge and/or pantry. What do I have going on on this one? A tomato and beer sauce topped with beef, bacon, coffee mushrooms, red onions and freshly sliced tomatoes. Here's a few of my basic recipes for pizza.
I have a few recipes when it come to pizza dough. It mostly depends on if I want it multigrain, whole wheat of just a simple white dough. This white dough is a little on the sweet side but works wonders in the over. Give a nice crisp and good volume.
Lightly whisk in a bowl:
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp Quick rise yeast
Let the yeast activate. With a good water temperature, and that much sugar, the yeast will LOVE you!
In a large bowl mix:
- 2 Cups All purpose white flour
- 1 Tsp garlic salt
Make a well in the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Stir gently until all the liquid is absorbed and the dough starts forming into a ball. If the dough is too wet, at flour as needed. Word of advice, the more moisture in your dough, the better crust you will have after baking. Once the dough is formed into a ball, pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil in the bowl, roll the dough in the oil and cover the bowl to let the dough double in bulk.
When the dough has doubled in size, punch down and roll out onto a lightly greased pizza pan. Shape is not important, topping are! So let't go ahead with our toppings.
(I prefer to cook my meat thoroughly before putting on the pizza, just so there are no worries on that end.)
Making a sauce
You can find many types of pizza sauces in any supermarket, even corner stores now. But nothing beats a homemade recipe where you have the power to tweak it and add as you'd like. You can make a white sauce to go with seafood on a pizza, as much as you could just smother ketchup for a base on your pizza. It's your pizza, anything goes! For this pizza I used (for a doubled recipe of the dough, 2 pizzas) 1 - 156ml can of tomato paste with about 1/4 cup of beer mixed with it and some garlic powder; a pretty safe combination.
Preheat your oven at 425F while you assemble your pizzas. Sauce, then meat, veggies, then cheese. There you have it! A plate full of delicious pipping hot pizza with enough for lunches at work (guaranteed to make all your co workers very jealous)!
Eat well, sleep well and till next time!