Simple and Easy Pizza

August 21, 2007

Here is how to make pizza, easily and simply, in about an hour. This basic recipe is perfect for mid-week meals, yet can easily be modified for slightly different crust results.

homemade pepperoni pizza

First, gather these ingredients:

* 3 cups warm water
* 1 tablespoon yeast
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 8-10 cups flour
* 2 tablespoons cornmeal
* 3 8-oz cans tomato/pizza sauce
(I recommend pizza sauce from Pastorelli Foods of Chicago!)
* 6 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese
* other toppings you might want

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Mix water, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes.

Slowly mix in flour until dough is not wet looking and can be kneaded. Knead the dough until smooth, then cover with a clean dishtowel and let stand for about 30 minutes.

Split dough into pieces — you should be able to get 3 – 5, depending on the size pizza pan you are using.

Roll out dough, squeezing and stretching if necessary to fit your pans.

Sprinkle corn meal onto each pan and lay the rolled out dough onto them.

Spread tomato/pizza sauce onto dough, leaving about a half inch long the outside of the crust bare.

Liberally spread cheese on top of sauce and add additional toppings as desired.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese bubbles and the dough has browned.

When you remove it from the oven, let it stand for a couple of minutes to cool slightly before slicing. You won’t have to call anyone to dinner, the aroma will do that for you!


Pizza Aficionado

August 20, 2007

Hi, I’m Albert Stevens.  I’ve been making pizza for my family and friends since my early twenties.  I got started after reading the Pizza Therapy Pizza Book.  Now, every holiday, family gathering, and event is an excuse for a Pizza Party!  What has always amazed me is the many different methods and recipes there are for making almost limitless types of pizza.  I’ve experimented with quite a few and have loved eating every one.

Although I find making pizza’s easy, many of my friends and family seem to be intimidated by the process.  So I started this website to describe how to make pizza and to provide easy to follow tips and recipes.