the happygirl guide to. . .homemade pizza dough & pizza sauce



Best Homemade Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cup warm water (110 F - 115 F)
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1/1/2 envelopes)
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons salt

Brush large bowl with oil. Mix warm water and honey in stand mixer with a dough hook. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to dissolve. Let stand until mixture bubbles, about 5-10 minutes. Add flour, 4 1/2 tablespoons of oil and salt. Turn the mixer on low speed and let mix. Once mixed together, turn up the speed to meium-low and let knead for about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to prepared bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap (or towel). Let dough rise in a warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Divide dough into 8 equal portions; roll each into ball. I like to freeze these so we always have dough on hand. To freeze, add a small amount of oil to a quart size freezer bag and add one dough ball. Roll out air and seal bag. Add all the zipped bags into one larger freezer bag and freeze. To use, remove from freezer several hours prior to cooking. When thawed, roll out as you would with fresh dough.

*I use 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of Caputo 00 flour (found at Italian specialty shops). This is the secret that many gourmet pizza restaurants use to get that perfect texture for their crust




Best Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons minced fresh basil (or 3 fresh leaves)
2 cloves garlic minced
salt to taste

Heat pan to medium heat. Add olive oil and garlic. Saute for one minute. Toss in the basil on top of the garlic. Add tomatoes. Let simmer for 5 minutes.