Friday, October 1, 2010
Anderson House: First Homemade Pizza
While visiting my sister and family, I taught the boys how to make yeast dough so they could make their own pizza. Here is the result. A plain cheeze pizza, just the way they like it. The process was not overly complicated. The nephews, teenagers, don't have a great deal of kitchen experience. They pitched right in and got great results.
Yeast Dough for Pizza is the same as my Italian bread recipe. Once the bread had rested and had time to rise, gently place the dough on a floured work surface. Divide n half. With oil on hands, start with the center of lump of dough and press outwards to form a circle. Finger tips make the edge stand up. Keep pressing outward from the center until you have the circle the size you prefer or to match the pan size. Spread the dough with tomato sauce (I use paste). Cover with the cheese you like or a blend. Mozzarella is the pizza cheese of choice because it stretches well and the mild flavor goes will with all seasonings or toppings.
If you want other toppings so you do not have a plain cheeze pizza, this is the time to add them. Be traditional or be creative. Make the pizza your way!
Pop the pie into the hot 425 degree oven and bake until the cheese is toasted and the crust has a a great golden color. I baked my pizza on a screen to enhance the crustiness of the bottom. Now I have a baking stone in the oven and it produces a great crunch of crust. Riley enjoyed making his first chocolate cake but I noticed without icing, no one was going to cut it. Riley pulled out a can of ready made frosting and then it began to disappear. Davis discovered the wonder of the difference of home popped corn and theater pop corn. He is a great corn popping master now.