Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIY -- Basic Cooking V: Pizza

Now, admit it.  You were wondering when I would tell you how to make pizza. 
When pizza delivery is $20 plus tip, you really need a way to cut the price and boy do I have a way for you to cut the price.
Remember, you now know how to make bread, and one way to make pizza is to dress up some bread dough.
So next time you make a batch of bread, take out 1/3 to 1/2 of it for a medium or large pizza.  Do this at the 2nd or 3rd rising.
Shape the part you took out onto a medium or large pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal, cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place 15 minutes.  Start your oven pre-heating to 425.
Now open your jar of pizza sauce.
Shape the dough so the crust has a raised portion around the outside, then pour the sauce in the middle.
Now slice on your mushrooms, your black olives; dice on your green bell pepper and onions; crumble on your sausage and slice on your pepperoni.  I like anchovies; some people like ham and pineapple; Germans in Germany add a fried egg on top.  You could also sprinkle on crushed pepper.  Slather on the mozzarella.
Slide this into the oven and bake 15-20 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and even turning a bit brown.
By the time this is done, your 3rd rising of bread is ready to bake.  Turn the oven down to 325 and put in the loaf(s) you still had left.
Now you can sit down and rest up with your very own freshest pizza ever, and the dough won't taste like cardboard.
You'll spend something like $8 on the pizza sauce, pepperoni, and mozzarella; 50 cents on black olives; 10 cents on onions; 60 cents on green bell pepper; 50 cents on mushrooms; total $9.70.
And you'll have veggies left over for other cooking because you can only pile them so high vertically on the dough before it won't fit in your oven.
Next time you bake bread, try this!

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