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    Basic Cheese Pizza

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 13 mins

    1 hrs

    13 mins

    JanetSmith154's Note:

    I LOVE New York pizza, moving to kc 6 years ago - I had a rude awakening! The pizza was TERRIBLE! - so I've been making this ever since... it's my own recipe, but I've made it so many times I can do it with my eyes closed. This recipe is foolproof, and I hope you enjoy it Note: you may want to add more cheese and sauce. Also, this is just the base - I add turkey Italian sausage and mushrooms, and sliced zucchini and prosciutto to keep it tasty and healthy!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 8

    Yield:

    pizza

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Dough:.
    2. 2
      In a glass or plastic bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar (the water can just be water from the tap, make sure it's below 100°F).
    3. 3
      Stir to dissolve the yeast and let the yeast "bloom" for 15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Stir in 1 cup flour, add salt, and then stir in another cup of flour (the remaining cup of flour will be your "bench" flour and added flour).
    5. 5
      Dump mixture onto kneading board and work in last cup of flour, kneading until dough is soft and elastic, but not sticky. Form dough into a ball.
    6. 6
      In another bowl, pour in the 1 tbsp olive oil and spread around.
    7. 7
      Coat ball of dough with oil and cover bowl with a damp towel and let dough rise for 40 minutes.
    8. 8
      Punch down dough and knead on board about 2 minutes. Dough is now ready to spread in the pan.
    9. 9
      To avoid sticking of crust, lightly spray pizza pan with olive oil or vegetable oil spray and then work dough to pan (or use free form pan) - this dough is enough for 1 14-in pizza with a thin bottom crust and enough dough around the edge to munch.
    10. 10
      Sauce:.
    11. 11
      Combine pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, minced garlic, and basil.
    12. 12
      Spread onto prepared pizza dough.
    13. 13
      Top with sliced mozzarella cheese and bake at 500°F for 11-13 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 07, 2009

      55

      I just tried this recipe and it was GREAT. I have spent many wasted hours on other recipes that made me feel that I was lacking but this one is defiantly a keeper. I did make a few minor changes however. In step four I tossed in some ramano cheese, dried oregano, and garlic powder. Also, I pre-baked the crust before I added my toppings but before doing so i placed string cheese around the edge of the crust and folded some of the dough over it while firmly pinching the crease. Then i used the prongs of a fork to score the seal and to further insure that it would not come undone while baking I brushed the seal with egg yolk. MMMMM talk about tasty cheese stuffed crust!!! As for the pizza sauce I found this wonderful sauce(Ultimate Pizza Sauce) that made me think I was in pizza heaven :)

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    • on January 05, 2007

      55

      I use this one a lot! reason being , 13 years ago i was a baker. and i know you have to let your yeast blossom or bloom. and the best way to do that is w/ sugar. NOT SALT!! that will kill the blossom effect of the yeast. i know from experience. that will make you cry!!!if your as picky as me w/ food. i also like to add SHREEDED parmesan and garlic powder to the dough. that tastes great!! looks good too!

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    • on October 12, 2010

      55

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Cheese Pizza

    Serving Size: 1 (114 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 242.9
     
    Calories from Fat 48
    20%
    Total Fat 5.4 g
    8%
    Saturated Fat 2.1 g
    10%
    Cholesterol 11.2 mg
    3%
    Sodium 272.8 mg
    11%
    Total Carbohydrate 39.2 g
    13%
    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
    7%
    Sugars 2.0 g
    8%
    Protein 8.8 g
    17%

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