4.16.2008

Homemade Pizza



Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa John's and all those other pizza restaurants ain't got nothing on my mother's homemade pizza. I'm usually very picky about eating the crust on pizza, but when it comes to my mother's pizza crust, I don't leave a single crumb on my plate.



Once you've had a taste of this pizza, you'll never spend a single dollar on takeout or delivery ever again. It's really easy to prepare, especially if you have a KitchenAid, and the result is very rewarding. And also, one of the advantages of homemade pizza is that the toppings can be as minimal or numerous as you want, and the sauce can be as mild or as spicy as you like. Forget all those frozen pizzas that contain high amounts of fat and sodium to prolong their shelf life...real homemade pizza is the way to go. Healthier, tastier, cheaper....it's absolute BLISS.

Homemade Pizza (Crust & Sauce)
 

Ingredients:
For the dough:
7 cups of all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons of corn oil
2tbsps. of dry yeast
1 teaspoon of salt

For the sauce:
1 onion
1 (6oz)can of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
4 tablespoons oil

Toppings of your choice: I chose mozzarella cheese, green peppers, mushrooms, and green olives.

Yields: 2 round pies and 1 rectangular pie. (I use 16 inch pans)

 
Directions:
Pour the flour, oil, and salt into the kitchen aid stand mixer bowl. Then put 2 tablespoons of yeast in a cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon of suger to the water so the yeast will rise quickly. When the yeast rises, add it to the mixture in the bowl. Put the mixer on medium speed, and allow it to knead the dough. Keep adding warm water until a soft dough forms. Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rise for an hour or until it doubles in bulk.

Meanwhile, prepare the pizza sauce. Peel the onion and grate it in a saucepan. Add oil and spices, and sauté for about 10 minutes or until onion becomes tender. Then, add the tomato paste. Add 4½ tomato paste cans of water to the saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil, and then cook for 10 minutes on low heat. 

Lightly flour a rolling pin, and the surface on which you are opening the dough. Use the rolling pin to stretch the dough out to desired shape.
* Bake pizza at 350 degrees; usually cooks in about 20 minutes. 

12 comments:

  1. That sure is a simple recipe...it's so good you'de think there's a secret ingredient!

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  2. MMHHH. That's great!
    I am a pizza-lover myself and home made pizza is much healthier as it cuts down on lots of fats contain in the dough. Other thing, you get to choose your toppings.

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  3. thanks matab! The secret ingredient is loveee lol :)

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  4. Thanks muslimah! Yes you're right, it is much healthier.
    Its also good if you use half whole wheat flour, and half regular all-purpose flour! :)

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  5. It is so delicious and especially the rectangular one. Thanks for your recipe:)

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  6. Your welcome mona :)

    I make the rectangular one for my father because he loves his vegetables :)

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  7. Aslamu alakum Meriam
    i like pizza and have really got into making it more scince living in Algeria as I like a thicker crust and heavier topping, in algeria you only get a very light crust and minimal toppings pizza, which is very nice mashaAllah but make your own its delis and the kids eat as much as they want i find one killo of flour makes 5 good sized pizzas meashaAllah. mine tend to be rectangle to as my tray is alhamduillah.

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  8. Walaykum Asalaam.

    Yeah, tell me about it. Last year when I visited Algeria, I was craving pizza. So we ordered some from the restaurant near our house..it was NOTHING like the pizza in America. It was so thin and they don't even bake it with cheese, when they take it out of the oven, THEN they sprinkle the cheese on top LOL

    Even if we used the ingredients that I use here, which my Aunt tried to do, it just doesnt come out the same way.

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  9. Ahh, this looks amazing MiMi :). I was wanting to make a pizza tonight but for some reason when I went to lay some beef out of the freezer last night I started doing something else and forgot :(. I just found a great pizza recipe so lets try it and I am def going to try this :)

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  10. Assalam Alikum
    Loving your blog, can't believe i just discovered it!
    Regarding the pizza dough, do you partially bake it in the oven before putting toppings on and returning it to the oven? Or do you just add toppings and cook in one go? If you do partially bake it , for how long and and on what oven setting? Thak you so much

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  11. Hey Arrwa, I just add the toppings and cook in one go :)

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