Homemade Pizza

***Edited — The pizza sauce is gluten free, but obviously the crust is NOT.***

This is a favorite in this house, there are never any complaints about homemade pizza.  I make the dough for the crust in my bread machine and the recipe is adapted from the book that came with my Oster bread machine.

Pizza Dough

Ingredients need to be added in the order directed for your machine.  In this machine, the wet ingredients are added first.

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups flour (I use 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1-1/2 cups bread flour) When measuring flour for a bread machine, it should be spooned into the measuring cup not scooped directly into the cup directly from the container.

1 teaspoon sugar

 

 

1-1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

 

2-1/2 teaspoons regular active dry yeast (I buy large bags of yeast at Sam’s Club or Costco and keep it in the freezer.  It will stay good for years.  I just pull it out of the freezer and use immediately, and have never had any trouble with it.  Also I live at high altitude — above 6,000 feet so I always reduce the leavening by about 1/3 from what the recipe calls for.  The 2-1/2 teaspoons is the original amount)

Put the pan in the bread machine and set for dough cycle.

This makes enough dough for two pizzas.  If I want more, I make a recipe and let the machine run through the knead cycle then dump the dough in another dish and let it rise covered.  That way I can add a second recipe to the machine and it will be about 20 minutes behind the first.

If I’m feeling motivated I’ll make my own sauce (it’s easy), but if it is a lazy day I’ll used jarred sauce.  This is supposed to be a knock off recipe of Pizza Hut sauce.  I have no idea whether it tastes like Pizza Hut Sauce since it has been a couple years since I’ve been to one of the restaurants.  However, it is a good sauce that is simple to make.

Pizza Sauce

Combine the following ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes.

15 ounces tomato sauce (don’t let the picture fool you, that can of sauce is institutional size  I multiplied the recipe by around 15 times for a teen party when I was taking these pictures).

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I prefer granulated garlic)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 bay leaf

Dash of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (if you have fresh lemons on hand, by all means use that)

This makes enough sauce for 2 pizzas.

Now were ready to put the pizza together.  When the dough cycle has finished on the bread machine push the start button again to knead for a few seconds and punch the dough down.  Let the dough rest for a few minutes (if it doesn’t rest for a few minutes it is harder to roll out, it will keep bouncing back).

Roll out the crust or if you’ve worked in a pizzeria through your crust  – I roll it.  Place it on a prepared (spray with cooking spray or dust with cornmeal) pizza pan, cookie sheet, or baking stone.  Add half a recipe or jar of sauce and add whatever toppings you desire.  The boys usually only want cheese.

Guy and I are trying to limit fat and cholesterol so we leave the cheese off our pizza (I’m aware there are vegan cheeses, but apparently most vegans haven’t recently had Tillamook cheese, we rather go without, the eat something that doesn’t taste as good.)  So we usually put lots of vegetables on our pizza.  It always looks like more before the pizza is baked.

Bake the pizza for 18-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  Enjoy! Everyone that has ever tried this crust has loved it.

Want to print the recipe?  PDF files are below.

Pizza Dough

Pizza Sauce

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