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Pizza, is one of our favorite foods to eat, we absolutely love it! However, it is so hard to find a good pizza restaurant in our area. We’ve tried Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Dominos, and even Mellow Mushroom; which is a local restaurant in Downtown, Columbia.
We would order pizza from these places, but it was never as good as it was the first time. We really love a great pizza, but we were so tired of being disappointed. So I have decided to make my own homemade pizza. I wanted to ensure that whenever my family wanted to have pizza, it would be as good as it was the first time. I have finally figured out the perfect homemade pizza recipe. It took some trial and error, experimentation with different ingredients, but finally I have a no fail homemade pizza recipe.
I’ve included everything from the sauce to the crust, and my favorite toppings. So keep reading for the step-by-step recipe and the delicious finished product.
Ingredients for the Homemade Pizza
As always I like to start out with a list of ingredients, we’ll have two lists. One for the pizza sauce and one for the pizza dough.
-1 150z can of Tomato Sauce
-1 60z can of Tomato Paste
-2 tablespoons of Oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
– 2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Sugar
-2 or 2 1/ cups of All-Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
-1 packet of Instant Yeast
-1 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
-Dried Basil Leaves(optional)
-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
-3/4 cup of Warm Water
How to Make Homemade Pizza Sauce
The first step, is to combine our 1 can of tomato paste and 1 can of tomato sauce into a bowl.
Next, you will begin to stir these ingredients until there are no lumps.
Then, you will begin to mix in the other ingredients; add in 2 tablespoons of oregano, 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 tablespoon of garlic salt, 1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Continue to stir until all ingredients are blended together within the sauce. Once you’re finished set your sauce aside and begin to make your pizza dough.
What’s the Best Flour to Use?
So what’s the best flour to use All-Purpose or Bread Flour for pizza dough? Honestly, you can use either one I’ve tried making a pizza with both of them. Personally, the all-purpose flour was a little hard to roll out and it tore apart rather easily. The bread flour, was a lot easier for me to work with. So it’s all about personal preference and I just preferred the bread flour.
How to Make Your Homemade Pizza Dough
The first thing you will need to do is combine 1 cup of all-purpose or bread flour, 1 packet of instant yeast, and 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a large mixing bowl.
Then add dried basil leaves (optional), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3/4 cup of warm water and begin to stir with a wooden spoon.
Next, you gradually add in another cup of flour and also add any additional flour as needed (1/2 cup maybe). Continue to stir until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
The dough will be slightly sticky, now begin to add olive oil to another bowl, and grease the sides. Dust your hands with flour and transfer dough to greased bowl, make sure that the dough is coated with olive oil.
Allow for dough to set for 3o minutes so that it can double in size. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
After you’ve let your dough set for 30 minutes, you will begin to kneed it.
Then you will flour your surface and begin to roll the dough out, using a rolling pin.
Spread olive oil onto your pizza pan, and begin to place the dough on it.
Then , brush your rolled out pizza dough with olive oil.
Then use a fork to poke holes all over the center of your pizza, to prevent the dough from bubbling up.
For the pizza toppings I’ve included olive oil, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and spinach. I chose to use mozzarella cheese, because it’s light and creamy in texture.
Since I’ve chosen my toppings, I can begin to spread my homemade sauce onto my dough. You will keep spreading the sauce until the dough is completely covered.
After you’ve spread your sauce, you will sprinkle your pizza with mozzarella cheese.
Then you will place the toppings of your choice, mine are pepperoni and spinach on your pizza.
After you’ve added the toppings, then you add more mozzarella cheese. Once you’ve finished you will place your pizza in the oven on 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Here is the delicious finished pizza fresh out of the oven.
You can either wait for your pizza to cool to cut it. Or if you like your pizza hot like me, you’ll cut it fresh out of the oven.
I hope y’all enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful day!
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