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Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 1 (29-ounce) can of tomato sauce
- 1 (12-ounce) can of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano, or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- In a large saucepan combine the tomato sauce and paste. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover and simmer for 1 hour. Use immediately or freeze in a sealed container. Yields: 4 cups or enough for about six 12-inch pizzas.
Homemade Pizza Dough
For the sponge:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups tepid water, about 80 degrees
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
For the dough:
- The sponge
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 scant tablespoon table salt
To prepare the sponge:
- Add the yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water stirring to dissolve the yeast. Allow the yeast to rest for 5 minutes or until it becomes creamy. Add the olive oil and then gradually stir in the flour with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover and let the sponge rest and rise in a warm place (about 85 degrees) for 1 1/2 hours. I use my microwave as a proofing oven. It is very warm inside when I keep the task light on underneath. Be sure your dough is free from drafts. The sponge should double in volume and become very bubbly.
To prepare the dough:
- Use a rubber spatula to deflate the sponge and fit the mixer with the dough hook. Add 2 cups of flour and the salt to the sponge and mix on low for 2 or 3 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and add a spoonful of flour, one at a time, if needed to help bring the dough together. It should be cleaning the sides of your mixer bowl. Continue to knead on medium for another 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled mixing bowl and turn it to make sure all sides are moistened with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rest in a warm location for another 1 1/2 hours. The dough should double in volume and hold an impression when you gently poke it with a finger.
- Move a rack to the lower third of the oven and preheat to 475 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to preheat. I don’t have a pizza peel but at this point you would sprinkle the peel with cornmeal and set aside. I used a rimless baking sheet dusted with cornmeal.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough and cover the half you have set aside to work with later. Shape the dough into a ball and then flatten into a disk. Roll the dough into a 12 inch circle using a rolling pin. If the dough snaps back and doesn’t hold it’s shape, let it rest a few minutes then try again. Transfer the dough to the peel.
- Top the pizza with sauce, then vegetables or meat and cheese. Leave a 1-inch border around the rim of the pizza. Slide the pizza onto the preheated stone and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Repeat with remaining dough.
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