We love any kind of pizza here at our home. But, since there are 6 of us, it can get a bit expensive buying pizza from Dominoes or Pizza Hut. I found a wonderful dough recipe and I make this once a week - usually on Wednesday night because that is Bible class night and the pizza is not as messy as some of my dishes, which means I can clean up faster and get everyone out the door on time (at least that's what we aim for). Here is my dough recipe:
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. yeast (or 1 packet)
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
sprinkle as desired: garlic powder, oregano, basil
Mix in your mixer or by hand for about 5 minutes. Let raise 1 hour.
I put my mixing bowl inside another bowl that I have 1/2 filled with hot water and place a towel over it - it helps it raise faster.
This makes 2 crusts for me on my 15 inch round stones - thin crust.
I also make my own pizza sauce. I don't do the whole canning thing with tomatoes from my garden - please, I'm not that domestic! I open a can of tomato paste (6 oz), mix it with about 3/4 can of water, add garlic powder and Italian spices, a little salt and when it is the right consistency, spread it on! It is good sauce and the reason I know this is that I have the world's pickiest husband and he absolutely loves my pizza.
I bake it at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, then switch the pizzas around in the oven and bake another 5-10 minutes.
Toppings? Well, that's the fun part. When you make your own pizza, everyone can have their favorite toppings in abundance! I use both regular and turkey pepperoni, fresh ground sausage, olives, cheese (of course), mushrooms, onions, banana pepper rings, red and green peppers slices, crumbled bacon. Yummy!
Since I'm doing the whole Weight Watchers thing again, I calculated how many points per slice my pizza registered. I use the turkey pepperoni, no sausage and lots of the veggies. For an 8 slice pie, it is only 4 points. I eat 2 pcs or pizza and have a huge salad. Great dinner and I'm stuffed. Feels like I'm not being good, ya know? Because as you all know, I like to be bad :-) (in the eating department).