Italian Pizza

Italian Pizza

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Who does not like pizza?

Italian pizza, homemade from the heart~Is there anyone who does not like it? Every since I was a small child, pizza has been among my favorite food. I use to hang out in the kitchen with my grandmother watching her fill every counter and table with all shapes and sizes of pizza's. The day she did this, was for sure a day when all of the relatives would come over for dinner!

Of course I do not make my sauce the way grandmother did. She would get up early in the morning and start cooking it; which it cooked all day long. My grandmother was my hero, I always wanted to be near her plus she would always stick a piece of bread into the sauce and let me taste it all of the time. Yum!

If grandmother seen me making the sauce the way I do, she would for sure slap my hands. Here is my recipe for homemade pizza. The best part of this recipe is being able to use whatever ingredients you want. You can make savory pizza's all the way to sweet dessert pizza's. Use your creativity and have fun!!

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The Pizza Dough

Try to use a bowl with a tight fitting lid. If you do not have one a big bowl light sprayed with cooking oil will be just fine.

Add together:

1 cup of warm water

1 package of yeast

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon parsley

1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

1 cup of all purpose flour

Use a whisk and mix everything together. Slowly work in another cup of flour making sure your dough is not sticky or too dry. If it is too sticky add additional flour and if it is too dry and additional water. Cover the bowl and allow it to rise 30-40 minutes. I place my covered dish inside the oven (make sure the oven is turned off).

After you 30-40 minutes are up, lightly dust your counter with flour and knead your dough for a couple of minutes. Take your rolling pin and roll the dough to whatever thickness you like. Light spray your pizza pan with olive oil and lay the pizza crust, lightly sprinkle with pepper and/or garlic powder. Take a fork and prick a few places in the bottom so the crust does not puff up. Place in oven for 10 minutes on 375 degrees. While the crust is cooking, mix up your sauce.

The Tomato Sauce

If you do not want to use can organic tomatoes, take a few tomatoes, quarter them and lay on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with olive oil, pepper and garlic powder and place in the oven and cook approximately 20 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes and remove the skin. Put the skinned tomatoes into a food processor. Add pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sugar (my grandmother's tip), a pinch of red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley and onion powder. Process the tomato mixture until you get the consistency that you like.

Putting the Pizza Together

Spread some of your sauce over the pizza crust adding as much or as little as you like. Start adding your toppings: I have used~turkey pepperoni, chicken, mushrooms, sliced onions, spinach, pineapple, sliced Canadian bacon, the list is endless.

After you top your pizza, it is time to add the cheese. I use low fat Mozzarella cheese and fresh Parmesan. Sprinkle the top with fresh herbs like basil and/or parsley. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted~All that is left is to ENJOY!!

My Grandmother

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STEVEW13 3 years ago from Norwich, England

I love Pizza, and this recipe sounds awesome, I have just never got on with putting pineapple on pizza! It's so sweet and adds more calories to a treat that is already pretty hefty in them. I am looking at adding a recipe and article section to my site, maybe you would be interested in featuring something like this, you can link back to yourself on here for promotion. Check it out: http://www.calories-in-foods.com/calories-in-pinea... Voted up by the way :)

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