Sunday, September 23, 2007

Homemade Pizza

I've been searching for the perfect pizza dough and sauce recipe for years now. While I still haven't found the perfect combo for me yet this one is close. I think I'll be playing around with this pizza sauce recipe some to make it perfect for me. I thought this recipe was slightly too sweet (so maybe use less honey) and need some extra spices. The dough was almost perfect but cooking it at 425 degrees didn't produce the dough I wanted so I'll play with it a few more times and see if I can't perfect the dough to our tastes. I did add some herbs to the pizza dough to give it some flavor but I think it would have been fine without the added herbs. I found the recipes on My pepperoni I place in the microwave for about 40 seconds (on a paper towel) for two reasons, one to get rid of some of the oil and the second to crisp the pepperoni so it tastes like the crispy pepperoni from a pizza place.
Exquisite Pizza Sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
6 fluid ounces warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
salt to taste

In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water, Parmesan cheese, garlic, honey, anchovy paste, onion powder, oregano, marjoram, basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt; mix together, breaking up any clumps of cheese.
Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.
Jay's Signature Pizza Crust
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey, I wanted some of this! That looks awful tasty. I think I'll give it a try once.


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