Teaching Cooking

I have taught basic cooking to my seven children and to classes of elementary children. When my youngest daughter wanted to learn, I found that taking the recipes and making them into a step-by-step format made it easier for her, so here is a blog to hopefully make cooking easier for the beginner.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pizza Dough

It has always been a favorite gathering food to have homemade pizza.

Pizza Dough
In a bowl put:
1 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon of 1 package of yeast
Let it sit for about 5 minutes to activate yeast. Then add:
1 Tablespoon sugar
¼ cup cooking oil
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Mix well for several minutes until it is smooth. Gradually add 1 more cup of flour until it is very firm. (Use more if it is still too sticky, but only add ¼ cup at a time)
Knead on a flour board for 5 minutes (or in your bread mixer if that is what you are using. Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Press or roll it into your pizza pan to the desired thickness. (One hint that I have used is to push it from the middle out, if you are doing it all by hand.)
In a bowl add:
1 8 oz. tomato sauce
½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, or ¾ tsp oregano, dash garlic powder, pinch of rosmary.
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Mix it together. Spread a thin layer on top of pizza. Add your own toppings and cheese.
Bake 10-15 minutes in a 425 FÂș oven. It will look done when the edges of the pizza are light brown.

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