Monday, February 15, 2010

Easy Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce

I have to credit my mother-in-law with this recipe. It is the easiest and tastiest pizza dough recipe ever, plus much healthier than any store-bought-in-a-tube crust. It may sound too easy to be good, but please give it a try! I've tweeked it a bit and added some whole wheat flour and it comes out crispy on the outside and soft in the inside...perfect!

Pizza Dough

3/4 cup + 2 T. room temp water
2 T. olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast

Add the ingredients in a bread machine in the order listed. Select the "dough" setting and push start. (this takes about 1 1/2 hours in my bread machine) It's that easy!!

When done, grease a pizza pan (or cookie sheet, which we use - makes for a little thinner crust) well with a couple tablespoons of olive oil before speading out the dough. Top with your favorite toppings and bake at 425 degrees until the cheese browns a bit and bubbles in the middle (usually about 10-12 minutes).

Here is my super simple recipe for pizza sauce. No need to buy the pre-made stuff. This can be made with three ingredients that I guarantee you have in your pantry!

Pizza Sauce

1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 T. oregano
1 T. basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Spread over pizza dough. (This will make a little more than you need so save the extras for breadsticks or dipping crust!)

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