Friday night pizza

Will loves my homemade pizza, and it's very easy to make (although somewhat time consuming). The "traditional" Italian pizza includes tomato sauce, basil and a slice of cheese over the top, but I have way too much fun adding my favorite ingredients. Will has become quite the topping connoisseur-when he found out a few days ago I was planning on making the pizza a few nights ago, he requested prosciutto on top of his! As you can sort of see in the above photo, I was happy to oblige.


3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 pkg active dry yeast
2-3 cups Sunday gravy sauce
any toppings you desire!
shredded mozzarella cheese


1. In a large bowl, add the flour and salt. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine the water and yeast. Let it sit for a few minutes until the yeast begins to dissolve, then gently mix it together. Pour over the flour and salt mixture.
3. Stir the mixture together until it begins to resemble a doughy form. Place the dough on a lightly floured board and knead for 8-10 minutes, until the dough is shaped into a ball.
3. Oil a medium-sized bowl with olive oil, and place the dough in the boil. Add a small amount of olive oil to the top of the dough, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
4. Add a small amount of olive oil to a pizza pan-cover the bottom of the pan, but make sure you don't completely drench it in oil. Punch the dough down to cover the bottom of the pizza pan, then re-cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for another hour.
5. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap from the pizza pan, and cover the dough with the tomato sauce. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
6. Remove the crust from the oven, and add your favorite toppings and shredded mozzarella cheese. Turn the broiler on the oven, and put the pizza back in. Cook until the cheese is melted and slightly brown and crispy on the top.


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