Irish Girl's Homemade Pizza

When I was a young girl, one of the favorite things I loved to watch my mom make was her homemade pizza dough. Even better was enjoying a piping hot slice fresh from the oven. Making the dough was fun. Mom would always break off pieces for me and my brother and sisters to play with. My brother once tossed his dough up in the air and it stuck to the ceiling. Because of the Crisco in the dough, it made a big grease stain and he wasn't allowed to toss his in the air any more! I had such fond memories of my Mom's pizza making days that I carried on the tradition and have taught my children as well.

Pizza dough should be prepared as early in the day as possible as it requires yeast as an ingredient. You should also plan on sticking around for an hour after preparation so that you can do the all important "punch down".

Ingredients for Dough

Flour

Crisco (solid shortening)

2 pkgs dry yeast

water

1 egg

pinch of sugar

Ingredients for Sauce

Tomato paste

Water

Pizza toppings

1 lb American cheese sliced thin

Couple packages of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

These 2 cheeses are "my" required toppings to begin. Other toppings can include pepperoni, sausage, peppers (red/green), mushrooms, onions, eggplant, buffalo chicken, feta cheese olives, you name it/you like it.....you can use it to top your pizza!

Making the Dough

Measure 4 cups of flour and pour in large mixing bowl. Using a tablespoon, scoop 4 generous portions of Crisco shortening and place in the bowl of flour. Using a fork and knife, cut the Crisco into the flour. The pieces of Crisco should blend nicely when cut in enough.

In a separate measuring cup, measure 2 cups of warm water and add 2 pkgs of dry yeast. Stir until desolved. Just before adding to flour, toss in a pinch of sugar to the yeast mixture. Add to flour. Add in one egg to give the dough a golden color. Knead dough, adding flour as required, until the dough is at a consistency that it can be turned onto a floured surface for more kneading. Continue kneading dough and adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.

Lightly grease the inside of a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and cover with a good size towel. After one hour, remove the towel, punch down the dough, knead for a few minutes and re-cover with the towel.

The dough can now be set aside to rise for a minimum of 4 hours.

This batch of dough will make approximately 3-4 pizzas depending on pan size.

After 4 hours, the dough is ready to be made into pizza with your favorite toppings.

Cooking the Pizza

Preheat the oven to 460 degrees

Gather your pizza pans. Different sizes (large or small rounds, rectangles) are fun.

Grease the bottom of the pan with vegetable oil.

Break off a section of pizza dough according to the pan size. Knead the dough into the pizza pan. Using the balls of your fingers press and stretch the dough until the bottom of the pan is covered. You can vary the thickness of the dough for each pizza.

Now comes the part of the recipe that makes my pizzas a little different.

Place pieces of thinly sliced American cheese over the dough. Spread the cheese randomly so that none of the edges are touching and the dough pokes through.

Sauce

In a bowl, mix a can of tomato paste with water. Start with equal portions filling the can as a guide. Mix until you reach the desired sauce consistency you like.

Next,

Cover the layer of American cheese with the sauce. The amount of sauce on your pizza is a personal preference as are the toppings.

Final step before choosing your toppings is to sprinkle sauce with shredded mozzarella cheese. Use as much or as little cheese as you like.

If tomato and cheese pizza is your preference go ahead and place in the oven just as is. Temperature should remain at the 460 degree temperature for cooking. Set the timer for 15 mintues, but watch pizza and remove as soon as the cheese is melted and bubbling. The crust will be a nice golden color.

For pizzas with toppings. Sprinkle toppings over the layer of mozzarella, place in the oven for 15 minutes. Pizza is done when cheese is melted and the crust golden brown.

Homemade pizza is delicious fresh out of the oven or stored in the fridge and either eaten cold or warmed up.

Comments 13 comments

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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great job Dex, I love this hub, good details and videos for people like me who don't know how to cook that well. I am back on hubpages, so check out my work. rate up love & peace darski


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sounds great Dex!

We'll give it a shot.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Yummy Yum! Great job here, lots of detail and great photos.


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Hi Darski...glad you're back! This is an easy one.


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Give it a try Will....fun & easy.


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Yes, yummy, hyphenbird. Could eat pizza with a different topping every day :)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Pizza is one of my favorite too and I could eat pizza more often than I do! Your pizza looks very tasty and the photoes adds to the value! I will try this recipe next time! Rated up! Tina


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Definitely give it a try, Tina. No better pizza crust than homemade.


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Hello DexisView,

Homemade is the only way I like pizza. Thanks for writing this Hub. I will try your recipe right away!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I've been looking for a good pizza recipe. It's all about the crust. I can't wait to try this. I'll be letting you know how it turned out.

voted up/useful


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

Let me know when you try it out capncruncn & Fay. It's such an easy recipe and really is the best crust.

Dexi


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

We make homemade pizza over here too but not from scratch like you. I am so hungry for pizza now and this recipe looks amazing. I'm gonna bookmark this recipe. Thx :-)


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DexisView 5 years ago from New England Author

@ M Twin ~ hope you get a chance to try it out. Cooking is not something I love to do...but, I can honestly say this is fun to make :)

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