Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Return to Health

Home Made Pizza
recipe follows

Nothing demonstrates a return to health more than a good appetite.  Isn't great when you can taste food again?  And I had just enough energy to make pizza last night.  Yum.

Pizza Dough

pinch sugar 
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast

Combine above ingredients let sit in mixing bowl for 20 minutes until frothy.

1 cup water
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbls sugar

2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup yellow corn meal
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 tbls dried basil
1 tsp salt

Combine liquids and add to yeast mixture.  Combine dry ingredients and slowly add to yeast mixture in mixer with dough hook kneading.  After dough has formed ball (extra flour may be needed), let mixer knead for 6 - 10 minutes.  Remove dough to oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise one hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (223 degrees C).  Divide dough in half, or more if you desire smaller pizzas.  Roll dough out into thin circle, spread with pizza sauce (I use Prego Traditional tomato sauce), sprinkle with your favorite toppings.  Bake 8 - 15 minutes, to taste (I like my cheese toasted), serve mostly hot.