"Don't get crazy." <-- If this is your first time making pizza from scratch, that's probably what you thought to yourself as you read the title. It's really not hard. I promise.
2 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 tablespoon each - garlic powder, italian seasoning, onion powder
3 1/3 cups flour
1) In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the warm water. Stir and then let sit for 10 minutes.
2) Stir in the salt, oil, parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, and flour. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
3) Place the dough into a well oiled bowl and cover, letting the dough rise for 1 hour.
While the dough rises, you can make your pizza sauce.
1 (6oz.) can tomato paste
6oz. warm water
3 tablespoons parmesan
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon anchovy paste**
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon each - oregano, marjoram, basil, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes
**If you can't find anchovy paste (like me), you can make your own**
Blend in your food processor - 20 anchovy filets, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon wine vinegar, a clove of garlic and ground pepper (to taste). It makes more than you'll need, so I recommend freezing the extra paste by the teaspoonful, for future pizzas.
Back to the sauce...
1) Mix everything together and let sit for 30 minutes to blend the flavors.
Once you finish the sauce, and the dough has risen...
Punch down the dough and form a tight ball. Spread out over a floured (or cornmeal) pizza stone. Top with sauce, cheese and then pepperoni - I used 16oz. of shredded mozzarella and 6oz. container or pepperoni.
Place the pizza on the bottom rack of your preheated oven. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
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