Pizza Night

Ever since my husband and I traveled to Italy a short 5 years ago I’ve been on a search, a search for homemade pizza
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I want the pizza I had everday for either lunch or dinner while we traveled.  I searched high and low and well I finally found it.  Now please understand that the pizza in Italy ranks at a 10, but according to my husband this recipe comes in at a close 7.  It would probably be a 10 if we had a fire buring stove in our kitchen (which I hope to someday).

Now the crust comes from my dear friend Diane.  This crust is amazing and I’m telling you by the end of the year I will learn how to throw it in the air and catch it without it landing in every direction.  The sauce is from a great cookbook The Food Nanny and the toppings are yours to choose.  My boys love pepperoni, but my husband and I like tomatoes and basil, just like in Italy.

Pizza Dough

1 pkg. active dry yeast,

2tsp. sugar

1 1/2 c. luke warm water

3 cups flour

3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp olive oil

In a small bowl dissolve yeast and 1 tsp. sugar in 1/2 c. like warm water.   let sit until it foams about 3 to 5 minutes.

Mix together 1 tsp. sugar, flour, cheese, and salt in a large bowl.

Make a hole in center and add 1 cup luke warm water and oil.

Stir from center outward until well combined.  Remove dough and knead vigorously with flour for 5 to 7 min. until elasticy.

Transfer to a large bowl coated with non-stick spray.

Cover with a damp towel and let rise in fridge for several hours, or on counter top for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Seperate into 4 equal parts and top with favorite pizza toppings.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes @ 550 degrees.

Easy Pizza Sauce Your Kids Will Make (taken from The Food Nanny Cookbook)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1/2 tsp dried basil or oregano

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

pinch of sugar (optional)

Mix the tomato sauce, basil, garlic salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Try these recipes out and let me know what you think!