Thursday, July 5, 2007

Pizza Pizza, again. :)

I was lucky enough to have today off of work. So I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make some homemade pizza crust for the first time. It turned out awesome. And thankfully my husband saved the day with a stop at the grocery store on the way home to get tomato sauce for me so I could make the pizza sauce.

The pizza crust recipe made a bit more dough than I needed for one pizza so I turned it into breadsticks! They were so darn good.

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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Pizza Sauce
(Source: Chelley at Adventures in the Kitchen)

**This recipe yields enough sauce for two large pizzas.

15 oz. tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Combine all ingredients.


~Tina~ said...

Wow, this looks great!! Fridays are Homemade Pizza Nights here and I'm thinking I'm going to try your recipes tomorrow...

Kayte said...

those breadsticks look amazing. what did you sprinkle on them????

Intisar said...

The pizza and the breadsticks look great!! I'm off tomorrow, maybe I'll take the time to make homemade dough.

Deborah said...

I have had this pizza crust from bookmarked for ages, but have never tried it. I'm going to have to give it a go!!

sgcoop said...

I am definatley trying this crust with my next pizza. Much better than Pillsbury I am sure as well as the breadsticks. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Very good recipe! Made it last night and we're doing it again tonight but just cheese. YUMMY!

Anya said...

I made this last night and was very happy with how it turned out! I agree the dough recipe does make a bit more then enough for one pizza though. Maybe next time I'll get smart and make breadsticks too! :)

AnickH said...

sorry i hope im not freaking you out w/ my thousands of comments. this is my last one i promise. anyway, im just gonna say, ive always wanted to try this recipe from the 1st time i saw it on allrecipes several yrs ago. im glad to see it worked out for you, so now i'll not be so nervous to try it. btw, your pictures are so good. good job w/ your recipes and your recipe blog!