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It’s not delivery and it’s not Digiorno

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I’m pretty sure the delivery folks from Papa John’s could find their way to our house blind-folded. We order that much pizza. No matter the day or time, my husband is in the mood for pizza. He’s one of those people that will have it multiple days in a row or more than once a day. So, why have I never made it at home? Honestly, I don’t really know. I’ve never felt the urge to learn to make pizzas but for some reason this week it all of a sudden came upon me. So here we are. My pizza looks like a mal-formed amoeba because I don’t have a pizza stone or pan (see above stated lack of interest) so I had to use a jelly-roll pan. Now that I have given pizza a try I will definitely do it again. I liked controlling my own toppings and I LOVED the smell of it baking. I put pepperoni, onions and green peppers on my half. The hubs left his with just cheese. Notes: If you are going to use raw onions rinse them under cold water and let them dry first. This will get a lot of the overpowering flavor out. I love onions but trust me. Also, if you are going to use meats, I’d precook them just to be safe.

Maybe I’ll add a pizza stone to my list of kitchen wants. I also need a new garlic press. I used mine so much I broke it and I haven’t been able to find one I liked as much. Yeah, you heard that correctly. I’m not sure which is more worrisome A) that I use garlic enough to break a press or B) I’m that picky about its replacement. Let’s not linger on this subject, shall we? Onto the recipe!

Pizza

Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flat beer (I used Guinness)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I’ll try olive oil next time just because)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Put beer, butter, sugar, salt, flour, and yeast in a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting, and press Start.

Remove dough from bread machine when cycle is complete. Roll or press dough to cover a prepared pizza pan.

Spread sauce and toppings on top of dough. Brush olive oil on crust. Bake until crust is lightly brown and crispy on the outside, about 24 minutes (mine only took about 15 minutes).

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 6 fluid ounces warm water (just fill the tomato paste can)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

I made my sauce while my dough was in the machine so it would have time to rest.

In a small bowl, combine tomato paste, water, Parmesan cheese, garlic, honey, oregano, marjoram, basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and salt; mix together, breaking up any clumps of cheese.

Sauce should sit for at least 30 minutes to blend flavors; spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desired.

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About Meg

I stress-bake, a lot. When I'm not doing that I'm an Episcopal priest, wife, and mom. Have a recipe that just might lower my blood pressure or at least make my house smell good? I'd love to try it!

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