September 20, 2010
The pizza in the pic has BB-Que sauce, cooked chicken chunks, bacon (cooked and broken into pieces) and pineapple. The pizza dough is raw here...it rises a lot when it's baked. I like putting the ingredients under the cheese so they don't dry out as it bakes.
I usually use Ragu Homemade Style Pizza sauce in a jar. If you only make one pizza just put the lid on it and refrigerate the rest (you only use about half a bottle per pizza). It is the best pizza sauce I've found.
It's fun to make pizzas with the kids because they love to add their own toppings; and honestly I do too! :D This recipe makes one large pizza, or you could split it up into a few individual sized pizzas.
3/4 c warm water
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp olive (or vegetable) oil
2 c flour
1. Preheat oven to 425; Spray pizza pan and set aside.
2. Put warm water in bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Sprinkle salt on top of yeast. Wait a few minutes for yeast to melt down a little.
3. Add sugar, oil, and egg to yeast mixture and stir for one minute.
4. Add one cup of flour, then another. If too sticky, add more, up to 1 cup. You want it sticky, but not too gooey. Use flour to knead dough 6 minutes (I let my mixer knead it 'cause I'm lazy like that). Use flour to spread on pizza pan. Add preferred sauce and toppings.
5. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is browned and not doughy in middle. (I cut slices and lift the middle part to check doneness.)