Home-made Pizza

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Hi everyone! Today's recipe is a Home-made Pizza, topped with fresh  Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Bell peppers and green onions.  Like with any other recipe that requires you to make bread, this recipe does take sometime, the preparation time doesn't take that long, the dough is really easy to make, it's  the waiting that keeps you "waiting", but every minute is well worth it, I assure you, this Pizza is much better than any Frozen Pizza or take out Pizza out there! I hope you enjoy it.

Serves 4 (Large Pizza 8-10 slices)

  • 3 cups of all purpose Flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 7g package of Fast Rise Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ tablespoon of sugar

Ingredients for Tomato Sauce (if you prefer, buy your favorite brand at the grocery store)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped Tomatoes
  • ½ cup of chopped onions
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig of fresh basil
  • ½ tablespoons of dry oregano
  • black pepper and salt to taste
  • ½ tablespoon of chicken flavor bouillon½ cup of chicken broth or water

Pizza Toppings: (possibilities are endless, top the pizza with your favorite cheese and ingredients)

  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 6-8 oz Pepperoni
  • ½ cup sliced Green Bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Green Onions

To make the dough: In a large bowl combine yeast with water, sugar, salt and oil, stir together until well combined and sugar and yeast are dissolved. Stir in 1 cup of flour, mix well until well incorporated, stir 1 more cup of flour, and continue to mix until you get a sticky dough. Add in the rest of the flour ½ cup at a time, knead the dough until you get a soft and elastic dough. Place dough in large bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

In the meantime, prepare the tomato sauce: In a large skillet on medium heat, melt the butter and cook the onion for 2 minutes or until soft, add in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth or water, and the fresh herbs, season with ½ tablespoon of dry oregano, salt and black pepper to taste, plus ½ tablespoon of chicken flavor bouillon, stir together, cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until tomatoes are well cooked and the liquid in the skillet has reduced to half.  Once the sauce is ready, remove the sprig of rosemary and basil from it. Let the sauce cool down a little bit before using it. 

Preheat the oven to 450ºF (preheat for about 30-45 minutes)
On a flour surface, roll out the dough to a about 1/2 inch thickness. Place it on a baking sheet, brush it with  a little bit of olive oil, top it with the tomato sauce, cheese and rest of the ingredients and bake at 400ºF for about 20-22 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is well cooked.

For a crispy Crust:
After you roll out the dough, place it on a baking sheet, brush i with a little bit of olive oil, poke the c with a fork all around the surface, bake it for 8 minutes in a 450ºF oven. After it comes out of the oven, top the crust with the tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and the rest of the toppings. Bake once again in a 450ºF oven for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is cooked.

Let the Pizza rest for a minute or so before slicing it! Enjoy!