Recipe of the Week
3 cups flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. mixed spices (oregano, basil, onion flakes)
1-1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp. dry yeast
3/4 of 1 pint homemade tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
toppings as desired such as: pepperoni, olives, mushroom, onion, etc.
sundried tomatoes, optional
3/4 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
Mix spices into flour and add olive oil. In a separate bowl, sprinkle yeast onto warm water. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. Add water to flour mixture. The dough should be soft, not sticky. Depending on the humidity of the day you can adjust the flour and water. Put dough in bowl and let rise until double. Add a handful of cornmeal to the dough, working in gently til dough is coated with cornmeal.
Grease pizza pan liberally with olive oil and grease your hands too. Spread out dough on pan. Bake dough by itself in oven at 350° for about 10 minutes. Dough should not get too brown. Take out of oven.
Mix ½ tsp. oregano and ½ tsp. basil with tomato sauce. Spoon sauce over dough. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. Layer with desired toppings. I like to add sundried tomatoes. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° until cheese is golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.
Makes 1 large pizza.