HOMEMADE PEPPERONI PIZZA

Tuesday, 18 July 2017







This was my first attempt at making pizza. I am not a pizza person, but after this time I am starting to appreciate homemade pizza. My step daughter is back with us for the summer holidays. Pepperoni pizza is her favourite. She really enjoyed this recipe, so, I guess it is successful.

The pizza crust is a bit thick as my step daughter loves thick crust. You may use the below Pizza Crust recipe for two 10” thin crust pizza.

Yields: One thick 11" pizza

INGREDIENTS:

Pizza crust (for one 11" pizza)

2 ½ cups (300g)  bread flour
1 cup warm water
2 tsp active instant yeast
½ tsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Toppings: (for one 11" pizza)

1 tbsp olive oil
½ cup pasta sauce (HEINZ brand)
100 g pizza topping cheese (mixture of grated mozzarella cheese and finely grated parmesan cheese)
15 slices beef pepperoni
2 tbsp fresh basil
1 tsp of dried oregano leaves
Black pepper














METHOD:


  1. Combine all the pizza crust ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Knead with dough hook until the dough comes together and forms a tacky ball, but does not stick to the bowl. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. The total kneading time is about 10 minutes.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Roll the dough out 11-inch diameter. Place on a lightly greased pan or non-stick baking paper.
  4. Preheat oven to 200C.
  5. Brush the olive oil over the entire top of the pizza dough. Spread an even layer of pizza sauce over the pizza. Top with the pizza topping cheese. Place the pepperoni slices and basil leaves.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before topping with dried oregano and black pepper. Slice and serve immediately.

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