Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza Dough (adapted from Simply Recipes)
1 ½ cups of warm water (110’F)
2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
3 ½ cups bread flour
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Pizza Sauce (this is my own pizza sauce recipe, sorry I can’t share the exact measurements but just combine below ingredients and measure according to your preferred taste)

1 tbs of olive oil
1 can (400grams) of crushed tomatoes
cloves of garlic
assorted herbs (dried basil, oregano, etc)
salt, crushed black pepper, sugar to taste

pepperoni slices
mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

Making the Pizza Dough
1 Place the warm water in the large bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. After 5 minutes stir if the yeast hasn't dissolved completely. The yeast should begin to foam, which indicates that it is still active and alive.
2 Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, mix in the flour, salt, sugar, and add the olive oil on low speed for a minute. Slowly add the yeast+water mixture. Knead the pizza dough on low to medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If you don't have a mixer, you can mix the ingredients together and knead them by hand. If the dough seems a little too wet, sprinkle it with a little more flour.
3 Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the inside of a large bowl. Place the pizza dough in the bowl and turn it around so that it gets coated with the oil. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place until it doubles in size, at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preparing the Pizza Sauce
1 Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a skillet and add garlic when hot.
2 When garlic starts to brown immediately add the crushed tomatoes then the herbs. Add salt, black pepper and sugar according to your preferred taste.
3 Simmer the sauce for at least 10 minutes and let it cool.
4 Put the cooled sauce on a food processor and process the sauce until smooth enough for your taste. Set aside till ready to use.

Preparing the Pizza
1 Preheat the oven to 450°F for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour.
2 Remove the plastic cover from the dough and punch the dough down so it deflates a bit. Divide the dough in half. Form two round balls of dough. Place each in its own bowl, cover with plastic and let sit for 10 minutes.
3 Working one ball of dough at a time, take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. (I used half of the dough only to make one 12 inch round pizza, the other half, I wrapped in a plastic wrap and put it on the freezer for use later). Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Turn and stretch the dough until it will not stretch further. Let the dough relax 5 minutes and then continue to stretch it until it reaches the desired diameter - 10 to 12 inches. Use your palm to flatten the edge of the dough where it is thicker. You can pinch the very edges if you want to form a lip.
4 Brush the top of the dough with olive oil (to prevent it from getting soggy from the toppings). Use your finger tips to press down and make dents along the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Let rest another 5 minutes.
5 Brush about ½ tbs of olive oil on prepared pizza pan and transfer pizza dough. Just re-shape the pizza dough into a circle if it loses its shape upon transferring to the pan.
6 Spoon on the pizza sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and lastly, parmesan cheese. 7 Bake pizza until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes.
8 Cut into equal serving sizes, serve hot!



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