You’ve heard of of the classic 99 cent pizza, how does 41 cent pizza sound?
As the story goes, American soldiers stationed in Italy during WW2 came back home with a liking for pizza. Pizza shops sprung up in America, and America had become the largest consumers of pizza in the world; almost 350 slices eaten per second! There are many different variations of it that are catered to different tastes; there is almost any flavor out there. So why not cater to your own taste? If anchovies and pineapple are what makes you happy, then go for it. The average cost of pizza in restaurants ranges from 3.50 to 7.50 per slice. When you make pizza yourself, a slice costs about 41 cents, and a pie, $3.28. Moreover, it’s as fresh as can be, and you can ensure quality ingredients. you can make it organic, non-GMO etc…
You can also add any topping and any sauce and make it just the way you want it! Why not get creative?!
Prep: 30 min
Bake: 25-30 min
You will need:
1⅓ bread flour or all-purpose flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1¼ cups warm water (120°F-130° F)
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/3 cup flour, semolina flour, or bread flour
2 cups Sauce of your choice
1 ½ -2 cups shredded cheese
In a medium bowl, combine the 1⅓ flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add warm water and olive oil. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the sides constantly. Then, Beat on a high speed for 3 min, stirring in semolina flour. Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead in additional flour, if needed, to make a slightly stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6-8 min total). Form the dough into a ball. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and turn it over once to oil the surface. Cover; (it’s better to use a cloth) and let it rise in a warm area until it doubles in size. It will usually take about 45-60 minutes.
When that slow hour elapses, roll the dough and cut it into 2 pieces. If you want a large pizza, cut off 3/4 of the dough and save the rest for later. (Unless you have a large enough oven). Roll into a circle on a floured surface. You probably know how to do it from here. Add the sauce and toppings. For stuffed crust put stuffing on the edge and roll in.
Bake at 400°F for about 25 min or until golden brown. Now, here comes the most important step, that is, to ENJOY!
Make it your own – Variations
It’s your pizza, so you can adjust it for yourself. You can add bacon, cheese, ham, sausage, pepperoni, and the list goes on. Just keep in mind that when adding meat, ensure that it is either fully or almost cooked. Raw meat will cook longer than the pizza itself. Almost anything can be added to the pizza. If desired, instead of putting tomato sauce, you can add ranch, Alfredo, or no sauce at all. Get creative with your pizza; there will always be someone who is willing to eat it. tell us how you cook your favorite pizza in the comments below! Happy cooking!