As photography is my main purpose for this blog, I would also like to spice it up with some other topics. Since the winter is generally my slower time it gives me an opportunity to branch out and blog about different things. I've decided to share a yummy homemade pizza recipe that you can spice up to be your own. So simple and pretty healthy. I only have exact measurements for the dough. For the pizza sauce I always change it up but will give you some basic ingredients to use. I HIGHLY recommend using a bread maker to mix the dough. Saves lots of time and hassle.
First off, meet my assistant/husband. He will be demonstrating how to toss the dough later.
Ingredients for Pizza
Tomato Sauce (1 can)
Tomato Paste (1 can)
Whatever toppings you want (we used canadian bacon for ours)
Before you start the dough, mix together cans of tomato. I generally mix and blend the rest of the ingredients until it tastes the way I like it. There's no recipe really, just have fun with it. One thing I make sure is to use fresh garlic and press it in. For today's recipe I added two cloves.
Ingredients for Dough
1 c water
3 tsp olive oil, divided
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp active dry yeast
small amount of cornmeal
Place water, 2 tsp olive oil, flours, salt, and yeast in bread machine. Turn bread machine onto dough cycle and let it run. Once the cycle is done (can take around 15-20 minutes or so), pull it out, split it in half. Sprinkle a little cornmeal around both loafs. I usually just pinch into the container and spread it around. It will make a complete mess of your counters but it works. You can either save the other half in the freezer for later or I always make a second pizza and freeze it for later.
Flatten out the first half as you like your dough. We like our dough really thin and crispy. I also would like to know how everyone manages to get their dough in a nice perfect circle. Ours definitely does not look like that. I think it may have to do with the fact that it has wheat flour in it to add that extra health factor.
Also, be careful when tossing your pizza dough because a little bit of cornmeal can drop out into your eyes.
Where was I? Oh yeah, pizza.
Once you get the pizza to the desired thickness, go ahead and spread it out on your pizza pan. Drizzle the last part of the olive oil on to give it a little moisture and flavor.
Now don't be laughing at the shape of my dough. It doesn't have to be perfect and I'm more than content with showing you my masterpiece.
Spread on your pizza sauce. Also I swear that I own other shirts. This just happens to be my weekend shirt and the weekend is when I actually cook/bake.
After the sauce, spread the mozzarella and parmesan cheese to your liking. Keep in mind that the quantity of cheese and meat will determine how many calories you consume. So we tried to keep it a little slim on the cheese. We also used low fat mozzarella. We then topped it off with canadian bacon. The other idea was to use turkey pepperoni but we decided that canadian bacon would be the better choice.
Back at 475 degrees for 15-30 minutes. Your time might vary depending on how thick/thin your crust is.
As for the rest of the dough, I made a second pizza to freeze and eat during the week when we're busier. Since I only own one pizza pan and it was currently being used, we cut a circle shape out of cardboard and covered it with aluminum foil.
See what I was talking about with the cornmeal? All over the counter.
After we assembled our pizza board we put the pizza together and wrapped it in clear plastic wrap. I taped a note so we remembered what temp and time to bake. Now we have a healthy frozen dinner ready for us during the week.
Do you have any tasty recipes you use for your pizza sauce? Please share, I'm looking for different sauces to try.