Monday, September 14, 2009

Homemade Pizza

There's nothing more delicious than homemade pizza and an ice cold glass of root beer on a Friday night. Pizza night was always a tradition at our house growing up and it is something that I've continued to do now as I'm married and starting a family of my own.

The following is an easy pizza dough recipe that can be topped with absolutely ANYTHING to make an incredibly delicious pizza!

1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour
corn meal

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let set for several minutes until it gets a little foamy. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, oil, and salt. Knead on speed 2 (in the KitchenAid) for about 2 minutes. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough starts to cling to hook and clean the sides of the bowl.

Remove dough and place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour.

Punch dough down. Shape dough into rounds. Place on greased pizza stone sprinkled with corn meal. Top with desired toppings.

Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until crust is done

**A couple of our favorites**
- fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil (you can put a layer of pesto to jazz it up too)
- bbq sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, and pineapple

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