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Family pizza night

Bella requested pizza for friday night dinner so that’s what we had. Making your own pizza is fun because kids can help out, it’s cheap and healthier than takeout pizza. It’s also very easy to make your own. I used sour dough culture in this pizza crust but it can be done without. Here is a great link to making your own sour dough starter. I also make my own pizza sauce which by the way, also is very easy. The crust we make is a thin crust and everyone can choose what he or she wants on their pizza Bella likes tomato and cheese, James likes faux pepperoni and caramelized onions while I like arugula and veggies on mine.

Bella loves making her own pizza!
My pizza baking on our pizza stone, the best investment ever

James’s pizza with soy pepperoni and onions
Thin pizza crust:
1 packet active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil 1 tbs
1 cup warm water + 1/2 cup sour dough culture add another 1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 cup all-purpose white flour

Blend all wet ingredients except for 1 tbs olive oil in a large bowl. Add yeast and blend. Add flour and work to a very nice shiny dough. Rub the 1 tbs olive oil over the dough. Let it rest for 1 hour under a towel. remove dough from bowel and kneel and punch any air out of the dough. Use a rolling pin to make a thin or crust. We bake our pizzas on a pizza stone but you can also make it on a cookie sheet. Place tomato sauce, cheese and whatever your fancy on the pizza. Bake in oven preheated to F500 (it has to be a hot oven to bake crispy crust).

Pizza sauce:
1 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tbs white balsamic vinegar
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbs dried oregano
2 tbs chili sauce
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Heat oil on medium heat in a sauce pan. fry the garlic for 1 minute, don’t let it brown. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Place in blender or food processor and blend to smooth sauce. Done!!

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