Home-made family pizza

By on May 31, 2012
Sundays are when my wife takes a back seat from the kitchen so I can show my kids my culinary side from time to time.   When I am in charge of the kitchen, I want to serve simple but nice-tasting food that all the members of my family can eat.  Children love cheese and although this contains only veggies, kids will find it very hard to resist. Try it, you’ll be glad you did.
Dough:   2 tbsps active dry yeast, 2 tsp sugar, 2 cups warm water, 6 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp salt, 4 tbsps. extra virgin olive oil.Step 1.   Stir sugar into 2/3 cup water, sprinkle on active dry yeast and let it sit until frothy.  Place flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the olive oil followed by the yeast mixture. Add the rest of the water and mix.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for ten (10) minutes occasionally using a rolling pin until smooth.  Shape the dough into a ball and cover with a saran wrap for about one (1) hour or until it doubles in size.

Step 2.   Knead the dough briefly on a light floured surface.  Divide the dough and roll out into three greased 12-inch pizza baking plates.  Moisten top with olive oil.  Preheat oven to 425 F or 220 C

Topping:  4 medium sized tomatoes, 2 large onions sliced in rings, 10 button mushrooms thinly sliced,  2 garlic cloves crushed, 1 cup sliced sliced green olives, 3 large green bell peppers seeded and thinly sliced, 2 cups Italian tomato puree,  340 grams shredded cheddar cheese, 300 grams shredded mozarella cheese, 60 grams grated parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3.   Blend garlic with tomato puree and spread each crust evenly.  Next, sprinkle cheddar cheese, mozarella cheese, put tomato toppings followed by onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crusts are lightly browned.   Cool slightly and season with salt and pepper as desired.   Serves 4-5.

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