Thursday, June 22, 2006

My world famous pizza that makes Jeff cry!
WW points value: 3.5 per slice
Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups wheat flour (or oatmeal ground in a food processor*)
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 pkg yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 - 2 Tbs Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Use a mixer with a dough hook, a food processor with a dough setting, or a bread machine on dough setting, Or you could go old fashioned and knead by hand. I use a KitchenAid with a dough hook, so my instructions are for that. Don't use a speed higher than 2 when mixing dough.
  • Mix together wheat flour, yeast and Italian seasoning, if using
  • Add water and oil and mix, scraping down with a spatula as needed
  • Slowly add the 2 cups of white flour
  • Mix until the all of the dough has been on the hook for a minute or two. If it seems dry and it's not getting on the hook, add VERY small amounts of water at a time. If it seems very sticky, add VERY small amounts of flour at a time.
  • Pull dough off of hook and spray with Pam. Turn dough over in bowl to cover with Pam.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then with a kitchen towel and place in oven. To warm the oven, you can turn it on the lowest temp for a minute BEFORE putting the bowl in. MAKE SURE you turn it off before putting the bowl in.
  • Let rise in the oven for 1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Remove from oven... dough is ready to use! I use half of the dough for a very thin, crunchy crust. (Freeze other half for later use). You could use the whole recipe for a thicker, softer crust, but this would obviously increase the points value.
While dough is rising, make the sauce

  • 1 tsp olive oil (or spray pot with Pam)
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbl Italian seasoning
  • 1 - 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • Heat pan with oil or Pam
  • Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes
  • Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes, stir and heat for a minute
  • Add tomatoes, stir and heat through. Add more Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes to taste
  • This makes about 3.5 cups, which you could stretch over 4 pizzas. Freeze what you don't use.

  • Pizza dough
  • Sauce
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese**
  • Any toppings you want to add
  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Spread dough over pizza pan
  • Bake in oven for 12 minutes
  • After dough is baked, spread about 3/4 to 1 cup of sauce over dough
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over pizza
  • Add toppings. I've been known to add fresh tomatoes, onions, olives, and bell peppers. Jeff just likes cheese on his half. Sometimes he wants tomatoes.
  • Bake in oven for 10 - 12 minutes
  • Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes (this makes it easier to cut)
  • Cut into 8 slices, serve and enjoy!
*I suspect that the wheat flour that you buy at the supermarket is NOT whole grain. A cheaper alternative is to buy oatmeal and grind it. Oatmeal is definitely whole grain and therefore healthier.

**Mozzarella is usually shredded very thick. I chop it up in the food processor so that 4 oz spreads much further.


At 2:24 PM, Blogger camilleswwrecipes said...

What? We BOTH made pizza! I love your blog! I'm going to link you as soon as I figure it out!


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