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by wifeofJoshua (wifeofjoshua)
at August 16th, 2006 (12:07 pm)

All right... where to start? :) I know some of you read my website/blog, so I don't want to just re-post things. :) So... I think I'll try to share a new recipe (one that hasn't been introduced to my website yet). :)

So, here's a new pizza we created a couple weeks ago! It turned out fabulously. We both loved it! It has a soft crust and tasted the closest to take-out pizza that we've ever made, I think! So, here's the recipe:


Crust Ingredients:

3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 Tablesppoons butter, melted or very softened
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon yeast

Other Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pizza sauce
12-16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced onions, optional
chopped bell peppers, optional
turkey pepperoni, fried turkey bacon, or fried hamburger, optional
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon basil
2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

1. If using a bread machine to make pizza dough, put ingredients in bread machine in order listed and set to dough setting.

If making dough by hand, mix water, butter, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add part of the flour and stir. Add the rest of the flour and the yeast, and stir into a dough. Knead for 8-10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Set dough in bowl and grease the top. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 45 minutes.

2. After dough has risen the first time, punch down and knead until air bubbles are removed.

3. Liberally butter a 16-inch round pizza pan, and press dough onto pan. Carefully lift one-half of the crust and fold over (to expose half of the pizza pan). Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon cornmeal over pan. Lay crust back in place and repeat on other half, so that there is cornmeal sprinkled between entire layer of crust and pan.

4. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over top of crust and then spread with 1 cup pizza sauce. Sprinkle on cheese and any optional toppings desired. Sprinkle on oregano, basil, and parmesan cheese last.

5. Place pizza in oven and turn heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes; rotate crust and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until top is browned. (Be sure to watch so it doesn't burn; every oven is different!)

6. When pizza is browned, turn off heat and open oven door. Leave pizza in oven until ready to serve. Then remove from oven, cut, and serve. If there is leftover pizza, we often put the pieces directly on a cooling rack to cool, which prevents condensation forming between the crust and pan.

12-16 slices

I also just posted a food budgeting tips article on my website. I have been trying to work on writing longer things about food- and cooking-related topics for my website rather than just mindlessly blogging like I usually do. ;)


Posted by: Mrs. Darling (nicoledanielle)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much, Tammy! I love cornmeal in pizza dough. It adds such a nice touch.

Posted by: wifeofJoshua (wifeofjoshua)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)

You're welcome :D

We like the cornmeal on the bottom... yum! :)

Posted by: wifeofJoshua (wifeofjoshua)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)

P.S. I was also wondering if it's okay to leave this post public? I know most of the more personal postings are closed to the public, but I would like to leave recipes or general helps open to the public, since people might stumble across this community and want a "taste" (no pun intended ;D) of what gets posted... but if you want everything community-only, let me know, and I'll change this! :)

Posted by: Mrs. Darling (nicoledanielle)
Posted at: August 16th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)

Yes, no problem.

ps. when you reply to yourself, I don't get an e-mail about it, so if I hadn't checked this post, I wouldn't have seen this comment. ;)

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