of the things on my “To-Make List” is homemade pizza. Quite often I make
slightly homemade pizza – with the pizza dough mix where you just add water,
bottled sauce and prepackaged toppings. But that’s not really homemade, is it?
No, I want to make 100% homemade pizza. The dough. The sauce.
found a basic pizza dough recipe that I have been meaning to try for a while.
Instead of letting the dough rise for 2 hours, and then punching it down, it
states that you can place the dough in the fridge for 8-10 hours and it will
slowly rise. That would be perfect for a weeknight! So I got up early this
morning to mix the dough. Shouldn’t be too hard – flour, water, yeast, olive
oil. I should be able to handle that at 6 in the morning, right? Wrong. The
dough was a complete sticky disaster, there was no kneading going on, merely
smearing dough all over the kitchen, my hands, flour flying everywhere. Somehow
the dogs ended up with more flour on them than on the table. Still not sure how
that one worked out. I’m not sure if it was because of my early-morning-no-coffee
state, bad directions, or just poor dough making skills. I never did get my
dough into a nice ball. I ended up just shoving as much dough as I could scrape
off everything else back into the bowl and placing it in the fridge. Eight to
ten hours later, I came home from work expecting to find a mess in my fridge and the necessity of finding a plan B. But Lo! It was great! A little flour on my table, and it rolled up perfectly! Viola! I was impressed. And excited. I hadn’t failed after all!
Sprinkle a pizza stone with cornmeal (or flour) and preheat your oven to its top temperature. Roll out the pizza, ladle some sauce on and throw on whatever toppings you want. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until its slightly blistered and just turning golden brown. If you want to turn these into calzones, spray the top of the calzone with cooking spray before baking.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
32 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
salt and pepper to taste
1 small can tomato paste
Saute garlic in olive oil.
Add tomatoes and spices.
Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove bay leaves.
Add tomato paste.
Return to simmer.
If you want a smoother sauce, pour into a food processor or a blender and blend until smooth.
Ladle onto pizza crust.