Homemade Pizza

PIZZA is one of the most loved American food by Pinoys. No wonder pizza stores are growing like mushrooms here in the Philippines. Here in our small and humble city, we have well-known pizza stores like Shakeys, Pizza Hut, Angels Pizza and Yellow Cab. I am always hesistant of doing my own pizza dough. I tried almost all prepared dough from the grocery stores but I do not get that satisfaction of eating Pizza. I believe that the secret to a perfect pizza is in the dough. But I know how difficult it is to make and knead the pizza dough to perfection. I have tons of attempts and I surrendered. But thanks to my younger sister Mylene who used to make some money from this HOMEMADE PIZZA using her own HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH. She previously sells dozens of pizzas to schools and offices and she sells them so fast. But when she got hired, she left me with this very easy do your own PIZZA recipe. Now it is my turn to make gold with this HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE.

HOMEMADE PIZZA

for HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH:

1 1/3 cups warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. dry yeast
1 tbsp. cooking oil
2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Measure water into bowl. add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. sprinkle yeast over water and let stand for 20 minutes. Stir well. Add oil, salt and 3 1/2 cups flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

Turn dough out on floured board and knead in more flour enough to make a stiff dough. Knead until smooth, about ten minutes. Gather dough into a round, put in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until more than double (about 2 hours). Punch down.

Divide dough into 2 equal pieces and roll and stretch each piece to fit a pizza pan. If dough is very bouncy, let it rest for few minutes until it will roll more easily. If dough isn’t quite the right size when you get in the pan, press and stretch it until you can seal it firmly to the sides of the pan. Roll edges under a little end to make a reaised edge to hold the filling.

Top crust with pizza sauce, mushroom, beef, ham, bell pepper, onion and cheese. Bake immediately in a pre-heated oven to 450 degrees F for 25 minutes or until crust is well browned and filling is bubbling well. Serve your HOMEMADE PIZZA using your HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH while hot!

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