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Monday, December 6, 2010

Making Homemade Pizza

This pizza would taste great if baked in a stone oven, but worked well in the conventional oven too. I found a recipe online and modified it slightly using organic ingredients and went hog wild with the pizza toppings.

Pizza Dough Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flat beer or warm water (I used the warm water)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil (olive oil of course, it's pizza! Go hog wild on the olive oil too!)
  • 3 ¾ cup stoneground flour or 3 2/3 cups of spelt or wholewheat flour (I found the best mix was one cup of organic unbleached flour, and the rest wheat flour)
  • 2 tablespoons Yeast (two packets of yeast ,or 1/2oz of yeast, or two tablespoons.)
Further I added dried herbs in the dough:
Optional: dried herbs like basil, oregano or thyme.

The making of pizza
Pizza with elk pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, fine chopped fresh basil, mushrooms, Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, and olive oil - yummy!
After you mix up the dough and need the dough for about ten minutes, it sits covered for one hour to rise. cover your hands with flour to need the dough. This will make two huge pizzas.
1. Put your yeast in I½ cup of warm water, in which you've placed the tablespoon of sugar. Wait at least three minutes for the mix to get foamy.
2. While you are waiting for the yeast to rise, mix the flour and salt together. If you wanted a herbed crust, add your herbs to the flour mixture. Make a well in the centre of your bowl - this is where you'll pour the remaining liquids.
3. Pour the remaining 1 cup of water or beer, and olive oil into the well, and add the yeast mixture.
Knead the mixture together until you feel it becoming smooth and less sticky. It takes about fifteen minutes until most dough start to feel elastic: The more air you are introducing to the mixture will make for a crispier dough.

Frozen food companies are coming out with "gourmet" lines of frozen pizza; some even boast organic ingredients on a whole wheat or spelt crust. No matter how you dress it, buying a frozen pizza is wasteful: It takes a bite out of your wallet, and uses a lot of fossil fuels in transporting it from the manufacturer to your local grocery chain. It also needs a lot of electricity to keep them frozen.
cheese pizza

The second pizza with cheddar and mozzarella cheese, olive oil, herbs, Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, and the nothing more!
finished pizza!
I'm not sure of the total cost of the pizza. But used about 1.00 in flour, 1.99 for the pizza sauce, about .25 of basil, about 2.00 worth of cheese, elk was free, and maybe .50 worth of olive oil, and the rest was mere pennies. So let's say I got a total of three pizzas for about 5.00! If I had homemade cheese, basil from my garden, etc, it would be even less. Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Yes, the pizza was awesome!

1 comment:

  1. The pizzas both looked great! Makes me hungry for pizza. How long did you cook them? What temp?