There is nothing like homemade pizza. Sure it takes more time and effort than going to a pizza place, or having it delivered but you truly can’t appreciate the taste of pizza until you make it yourself.
I made a Margherita pizza tonight. One of the most simple, yet delicious pizza’s to make. Here is the recipe.
Mozzarella Cheese- sliced
1 –2 tomatoes- sliced
1/2 cup Pizza sauce ( jarred or homemade is fine )
For the crust:
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour ( may need another 1/4 cup depending on your experience with handling wet dough )
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup of warm water
1 packet of instant yeast a.k.a. rapid rise yeast
2 Tbs. Olive Oil or other vegetable oil
place flours in a mixing bowl with salt, and sugar. Mix until combined.
Create a well and place yeast in the center of the well.
Pour water into well over yeast and let sit 1 minute.
Add the olive oil and mix until combined.
If using a mixer kneed with the dough hook until smooth. Or kneed by hand until dough is smooth.
I have found that when using whole wheat flour in pizza dough that the trick is working with a wet dough in order to create a light chewy crust. It will be a hard dough to kneed by hand, but it can be done. Don’t be afraid to add flour if you need to but not too much! A little trick- Oil your hands so that the dough does not stick to your hands.
Once the dough has been kneeded place in a well oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or towl and place in a warm dark place. Let rise until doubled. ( usually about 45 mins to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit
After the dough has doubled in size lightly punch down dough and transfer to a greased cooking sheet or pizza peel if using a pizza stone. Stretch dough to desired shape and size.( or attempt the magical pizza toss and let the dogs clean up the mess ) and top with pizza sauce, mozerella cheese, tomato, and fresh basil.
Bake for 15-20 minutes
let sit for 5 minutes, cut, serve, enjoy.