Last Night’s Dinner – Gorgeous, Golden Fresh Pizza Pie’s

A friend and reader sent me this recipe a few days ago – and it had been dwindling on my mind ever since. It was for a basic, simple and fresh oven pizza: an absolute recipe necessity in any kitchen. Last night, while staring at my Kitchen Aid electric mixer, I decided to put it to good use and try some fresh pizza dough (which, by the way, is super easy and gives you a ton of free time to kill and relax before popping them into the oven). It turned out absolutely beautiful. The piping hot pies were bubbling with gorgeous fresh slices of mozzarella and were perfect additions to our Boardwalk Empire Monday nights. 

Pizza Dough:

3 3/4 cups of flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 1/3 cups of warm water

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 packet of yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)

3 tablespoons of olive oil

 

Pizza Sauce:

4 large tomatoes

1/2 onion

4 cloves of garlic

crushed red pepper

2-4 tablespoons tomato paste

 

Dressings:

Fresh Rocket Leaves

Pre-shredded Mozzerella

Fresh Buffalo Mozerella

Strips of different color bell pepper

Thyme

Rosemary

Goat Cheese

Ricotta Cheese

 

First, allow the sugar, warm water (I measured the temperature – it should be 40-42 degrees C) and the yeast combine and sit for 5-10 minutes. Allow the yeast to foam and separate (if this doesn’t happen, your yeast is probably of not good quality or fresh). Once finished, add olive oil and salt. Slowly add flour, bits at a time until it’s entirely combined. Once complete and dough is knead, check to see if it’s too sticky – if so, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Form into a ball, and brush olive oil on top. Cover and allow to sit in a warm area for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. While the dough is sitting, prepare the fresh sauce (which is absolutely divine and delicious). Allow the chopped onions to sweat thoroughly before adding the garlic. I randomly sprinkle garlic salt and thyme on them as they sautee. Add chopped tomatoes. Once the tomatoes have leaked their water, add tomato paste to thicken. Continue to work the sauce adding a bit of fresh herbs (I added thyme, rosemary, basil and a few dashes of garlic salt). Allow to simmer for up to 1/2 hour, although make sure to continue mixing to avoid the bottom burning. Prepare toppings while waiting for the dough to rise. Once done, divide the dough into even balls (I divided mine into 4, as I like my pizza’s thin), begin layering and brush crust with additional olive oil. Finally, pop into the oven!

 

These pizza’s were just gorgeous. Piping hot, delicious and fresh there was none of the excess oily residue you get from take-away and with all the fresh beautiful toppings available, it was great to personalize and have it served the way you want. (I’m definitely popping a few of these in the freezer to freshly-bake when I have surprise guests!) We munched on our pizza’s alongside a fresh bowl of spicy olive oil and red-pepper flakes to drizzle on top. Lovely night and addition to our gangster-tv-show night of Boardwalk Empire…

 

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Recipe, courtesy of Ms. B from http://www.almodablog.com

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About sarahskitchenblog

A newly-wed looking to perfect the art of a full-time job, an array of social committments, and a daily home-made (and sometimes healthy) meal.
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