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Thursday, November 09, 2006

RZ Pizza

For weeks we have been discussing making pizza, but attempting this culinary marvel has always eluded us. Finally, we have succeeded in making a pizza that is amazing in taste and is 100% from scratch. With a simple, yet tasty sauce, and a delicious crust, this pizza is great any time. Also, feel free to put whatever toppings you want on it!

For the Dough:
1 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspooon sugar
2 tablespoons warm water
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup cold water
1 tablespoon olive oil

1. In a small bowl mix yeast sugar and warm water.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. add the yeast mixture, cold water and oil and form into a dough.
3. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place it in a large, oiled bowl and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
4. Punch down the dough and let it rest for another 30 minutes (if desired divide the dough to make individual portions).
5. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Roll out the dough as thin as possible and top with sauce, mozzarella cheese and additional toppings. Place onto a greased pizza pan and cook for 10-12 minutes.

For the Sauce:
1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper
pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano

1. Heat oil in a 2 quart saucepan over medium high heat. Finely chop the onion and cook for 5-7 minutes. Finely chop the garlic and add to the onions. Cook for an additional minute.
2. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Stir in sugar, basil and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Allow the sauce to cool and then pulse in a food processor until smooth. Use about 3/4 cup for the pizza and freeze the rest for future use.


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