Homemade pizza

this homemade pizza is so delicious you’ll never want to order out again

the dough is made from the recipe invented by Wolfgang Puck and is used in his signature pizzas at his restaurant in California named Spago

first add a pack of yeast to you mixing bowl

I use my standing mixer with a dough hook, but you can do all of this by hand

add 1/4 cup of hot tap water (not boiling, but almost too warm to touch)just run your hot tap water until it’s as hot as it will get, and that’s perfect

next add 1 teaspoon of honey so the yeast will have something to eat

it’s been sitting there in that envelope all dried up and it’s starving!

mix it up and let it sit for 10 minutes so the yeast will come alive

now the yeast is all puffy and doing its thing

add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 tablespoon of olive oil………be brave, just eyeball it

next add 3/4 of a cup of hot tap water

then 1 cup of all-purpose flour

mix to incorporate the cup of flour

than add another cup of flour, mix to incorporate

then, you guessed it add another 1/2 cup of flour and mix

all total you will have around 2 3/4  cups of flour in the dough when finished

at this point I had added 2 1/2 cups flour

I floured my surface with about 1/4 cup of flour and kneaded it into the dough for a total of 2 3/4 cups of flour

place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and set in a warm area to rise for 30 minutes

it should have about doubled in size

knead the dough a few times to allow the air to escape at this point I cut the dough into fourths so I can make four different pizzas

this dough will make 4 -  8 inch pizzas

put the dough on a floured sheet, cover it and place it in a warm spot to rise for another 20 minutes

while it was rising I cut up some tomatoes

I drizzled olive oil over them and added oregano

I also caramelized some onions and sautéed Portobellos mushrooms……I know what you’re thinking, I put Portobellos in everything……you’re right

I also had Little Bit pick some basil from the garden and I chopped it with olive oil and fresh garlic for some homemade pesto…..YUM!!!!

here’s all the goodies that go on top

stretch your dough to about an 8 inch round or square… or any shape that melts your butter

I tend to make more organic shaped pizzas – I don’t stress over the shape, it’s the taste that will knock your socks off

after I get it to the size and shape I like I drizzle a little olive oil on it

spread the pesto

add your favorite cheese

we like fontina and mozzarella

next I added the marinated tomatoes

sautéed Portobellos

caramelized onions

then lastly I put prosciutto ham on top

run it in a preheated oven at 400′ for 10 minutes, but keep a close eye on it

you won’t BELIEVE how good this tastes!!!!  B said it was the best he’s ever had

these are the pizzas Little Bit and Manny made

she likes tomato sauce on hers

he only likes ham, cheese, and pineapple

the first pizza is one I made for my parents

I made a rectangle shaped one for B (my husband) and me

I made it on a cookie sheet and it works just as well as a pizza stone

just sprinkle a little corn meal and you get a wonderful crisp crust just as if you used a stone

Enjoy!  (Divertiti) that’s Italian for enjoy…no, I don’t speak Italian, but I have a computer that does

see ya next time,

the wanna be country girl – Caroline

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9 Responses to Homemade pizza

  1. GOM says:

    tHAT IS THE BEST PIZZA I HAVE EVER EATEN! tHANKS……..GOM

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  4. Tara says:

    I just used your home made bread recipe to make home made pizza, :), I may have to try using this recipe next time.
    Tara

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    Tara the main difference to me is the super easy homemade bread used for a pizza can be a little thick crusted for me. I use often because it seems I always have some of that dough around. That being said you can not beat the Wolfgang Puck pizza dough. It’s much lighter and crisp than the other, plus I think it has the best flavor ever. The recipe I gave will make about 4 – 8 inch pizza or one large so if you need more just double it.
    thanks for leaving a comment!
    see ya soon,
    the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  5. Lovely. Another clear and beautiful presentation that makes me think that EVEN I CAN MAKE THAT!

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    You CAN make it Lauren! If I can, you certainly can. It’s too good not to.
    see ya soon,
    the wanna be country girl – Caroline

  6. JP says:

    yummy…:)JP

    The Wanna Be Country Girl Reply:

    JP it’s sooooo good! One of our favorite meals. Everyone gets to fix it their way. What could be better?
    talk to you later,
    the wanna be country girl – Caroline

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