Homemade Pizza Dough and Sauce

"Ok. Today I made homemade pizza for the first time, According to my young daughter and her friend.....its delicious. And for my first time, I'd say so as well. And although, I love it, I feel like it could be better. So, I consider this a work in progress. Again, I viewed a pizza dough recipe from my Cooking Light Cookbook "Way to Cook". and a pizza recipe from a Better Homes and Garden "Heart Healthy Living " magazine. This is what I came up with. Not sure of the total prep and cook time, since I worked in bits and pieces. Meaning I made the sauce the night before and the dough the next morning, but didn't cook until lunch time. So... don't quote me on the prep. time."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins
8 1/8 serving size


  • For the Pizza Dough

  • 1 cup bread flour (140 grams)
  • 1 cup of organic white whole wheat flour (140 grams)
  • 5 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese (3 will be used to sprinkle on the dough before adding all toppings)
  • 12 teaspoon of mrs. dash Italian herb seasoning
  • 2 14 teaspoons (1 package of dry active yeast)
  • 34 cup warm water (100-105 degrees)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • cornmeal (to sprinke on the pizza pan)
  • cooking spray
  • For the Pizza Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Smucker's No Sugar Added Orange Spread, mrs. dash italian medley seasoning blend (add more if needed)
  • cooking spray


  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in warm water. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • In a seperate bowl,weigh the flours to equal a combined total of 280 grams (OR) lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and place in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of cheese and Mrs. Dash to the flour mixture.
  • Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture.
  • Stir until a soft dough form and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 6 minutes. If needed, add additional flour, 1 tbsp @ a time to prevent dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray.
  • Turn the dough to coat with spray.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel. Let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from draft, for 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Remove dough from bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for up to a day, unless using immediatedly.
  • When ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  • Place a rack lowest part of the oven.
  • Remove the dough from plastic wrap.
  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out into a 12 inch.
  • circle. (Don't worry about making a perfect circle).
  • Lightly sprinkle a round pan with corn meal.
  • Roll the dough onto the prepared pan and crimp the edges.
  • Lightly spray the surface of the crust with cooking spray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on the crust, spread the sauce on the pizza and add the cheese.
  • Place pizza in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble and crust is toasted, but not burned.
  • For the Sauce:.
  • Cook the garlic in a small pot coated with cooking spray. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the water, tomato paste and seasoning. Stir with a whisk and simmer for 20 minutes.

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