Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Making Pizza!

To start with, this recipe is entirely from a friend of mine. Becca and her family (at least most of the women) are great cooks. And Becca is a vegetarian (and her sister is vegan) so not only is their food delicious, but I can eat it!

Several weeks back, I went over for pizza. The pizza that Becca made was so very good that I have been craving it ever since. I finally got the recipe from her and decided to try it today.

Here is what she sent me for the crust:
"Here's the pizza dough recipe I've been using lately. You can also make a yeast dough by substituting about 2 TBs of yeast and a teaspoon of sugar (proof it in 1/2 c warm water. If it's hot to your pinky, it will kill your yeast.)
2 C Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 TB olive oil
~1/2 C water. The water is ~ because Colorado is so dry, this is really variable. Basically, I add the all olive oil to the dry goods, then water in bits until the consistency is right. It should be smooth as a baby's bottom, not sticky at all. If you add too much water, just up the flour. It's pretty fool proof, and should be ready in about 10 minutes. Makes one big or two little pizzas."

I made some sauce using a basic tomato sauce. I added a little each of pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, basil, oregano, and marjoram.

I covered that with a basic mozzarella cheese.

For the toppings I, again, copied Becca and put on red bell pepper and this:

Yep. Vegan Italian "sausages." Which seems odd, but I have tried these a couple of times with Becca and her sister and they are quite tasty! I never liked sausage when I was young and still ate meat, so I don't even know what real sausages taste like, but these are good!


I heated my oven to about 450. I stuck the pizza in for about 10 minutes.

That wasn't long enough. I ended up putting it back in for another 10 or so minutes. Even then it was still soft in the center. So next time maybe a higher temperature? And rolling the dough thinner, especially in the middle.

Otherwise, it was pretty tasty! Isaac thought so, too.

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