Personally, I think pizza is one of the best things about being alive.
You think that's a little much, do you?
Whole empires have been built upon this amazing concoction. (Or maybe not.)
And what's better than one pizza??
Two. Two homemade pizzas.
Life is grand, is it not?
Both pizzas have the same base - homemade dough that is uhhh-mazing and a homemade tomato sauce that I shared with you back in February (click here for that recipe).
As for the toppings, Pizza One has a combination of fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, kalamata olives, heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula, and fresh basil. So good.
Pizza Two is the more traditional but just as delicious margherita pizza. It has fresh mozzarella, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil. Heck yes!
But the greatest thing of all about the base recipe is that you can dress your pizza pie any way you'd like...throw some pepperoni on there and call it a day. Or maybe you're more of a pineapple and Canadian bacon fan? Go for it. I won't stop you. The pizza empire is yours, my friend. Take it. Make it yours.
On to the recipe!
Homemade Pizza Dough
*based on Eat, Live, Run's recipe
1. Using a glass measuring cup, mix the yeast and the warm water. Make sure to mix well.
2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
3. Add the yeast mixture and the olive oil to the dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated and you have a sticky dough.
4. Using a floured surface, knead the dough until soft and elastic, about 5-8 minutes.
5. In a large bowl, pour a small amount of olive oil. Place the dough into the bowl, turning it several times to make sure it is coated on all sides with the oil.
6. Place the bowl in a warm spot and cover with a damp dish towel. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
7. Remove the dough and divide into either two parts for two large pizzas, or four parts for four small pizzas. (If you are only making one pizza, the remaining dough can be frozen and used later.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
8. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a uniform thickness.
9. Brush the dough with olive oil.
10. Add tomato sauce (recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce here) and desired toppings (see below for the two I made).
11. Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
12. Allow pizza to cool for about 5 minutes before enjoying. Garnish with fresh herbs (see below) and freshly grated parmesan.
Pizza One Toppings:
Pizza Two Toppings:
Enjoy, my friends!
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