Monday, June 06, 2005

PIZZA - Based on Pizza Hut recipe

** ON THE FIRST DAY **

INGREDIENTS FOR PIZZA DOUGH:

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1 Cup water
2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp active dry yeast

PROCEDURES FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH:

Dissolve the yeast in water and sugar for 5 minutes then add oil in it. Mix the flour with the salt first, then add the liquid into the dry ingredient. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Oil a bowl then place the dough in it. Cover it with cling plastic. Let it rise over night in the refrigerator. By letting the dough raise slowly in the fridge, first it will develop more yeasty flavour, second it will made crispier bread, then by allowing it to raise in such a long time, it will be easier for you to roll it into 14 inches ( large size pizza ) round.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE:

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp lemon juice

PROCEDURES:

Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until it bubbles. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. When the sauce is cool, store it in the refrigerator.

NOTE:
I usually double the sauce, then keep it in the refrigerator. So while we eat the first pizza, I made another pizza right away, I put all of the topping on it then I cover it really well with cling plastic then put it in the freezer. So when I do want to eat pizza again or when I have no time to cook, I just the frozen pizza into a preheated oven and add more or less 5 more minutes to the cooking time. You don't have to buy frozen pizza from grocery store. You can make it yourself at home. If you save some used pizza box, you can save your frozen pizza there.

** ON THE SECOND DAY **

INGREDIENTS FOR PIZZA:

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings ( your choice of ... )
pepperoni slices, chopped onions, sliced mushrooms, sliced peppers, pineapple
chunks, Italian sausages, sliced tomatoes, sliced ham, anchovies.

NOTE: You can mix some different cheese as well. like this:

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbs shredded provolone
1 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbs grated Romano cheese

PROCEDURES:

Step 1
Take the dough out of the refrigerator 2 hrs before you plan to cook the pizza so that the dough can warm up to room temperature. Or if you are in a hurry, put the dough in the warm oven just don't forget to take it out before you preheat the oven !

Step 2
Pre heat the oven to 475 F. On a floured surface roll out the dough balls until they form thin 14-inch circle.
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Use fork to poke the dough several times on the surface. This will keep the crust from bubbling. Place one of the crusts on a pizza pan that has been greased or sprinkled with cornmeal. Or if your pizza pan is nonstick like mine does, you don't have to put anything on it.
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Step 3
Brush the pizza dough with tomato sauce first but make sure you don't cover the whole circles. Leave a little bit of the edge alone.
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Then start putting the toppings,
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since my son loves a simple pepperoni and cheese pizza, I only use pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. The cheese has to be the last one on.
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Step 4
After your oven beep when it reach 475F, let it stay on for another 20 minutes. This will ensure that your oven is really really hot ( important in making crusty pizza ). Then bake the pizza for 12 - 15 minutes. Eat them while it's hot !
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