When it comes to homemade pizza, there are many different styles and tastes. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a crispy flatbread pizza, but other times I want a thick, bready, filling crust – and when I do – this is the pizza for that!
Many years ago, when I was a new mom, someone told me I was the most “domestic” person they had ever met. That was funny since just a few years before that, I was running around in BDU’s with camo on my face and an M-16 in my hand. And before that I was a huge tomboy. Heck, my very first best friends were named Jack and Jeff (what a coincidence that I now have a Jeff and some Jacks in my immediate family!) Isn’t it amazing the difference that a few years can make? Mind you, there is still a great big tomboy in me…I love hunting, hiking, camping, and I own more power tools than my husband.
But this tomboy ties on one of her many aprons, and is right at home in the kitchen. There are a group of ladies from The Homeschool Lounge who decided to celebrate that part of femininity – and celebrate domesticity – whether it is homeschooling, menu planning or creating family meals, all in honor of Mother’s Day. Of course I volunteered to share a family friendly recipe!
To begin, you’ll get out a large mixing bowl (preferably not metal.) Pour in 1 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon instant yeast and a pinch of sugar. Stir it together and let it proof for about 10 minutes. This makes sure that your yeast is still good.
After about 10 minutes, when the yeast is foamy, stir in 2 cups of all-purpose flour.
Along with 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
As well as a teaspoon each of basil and oregano.
Stir this all together, and slowly add another 2 cups of flour until it comes together into a sticky dough.
Turn it out onto a floured surface, and knead this for about 8 minutes, until it is nice and elastic, adding additional flour as needed.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turning the dough over to coat it. cover it with a damp cloth, and place it in a warm location to rise for about an hour.
While it is rising, you’ll mix up the super simple sauce.
In a saucepan, combine 14 ounces of tomato sauce, 1 clove of grated garlic, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, a tablespoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir these all together and simmer it over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Time to put together the pizza. First preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then grab your dough!
Get out a bar pan and sprinkle a tablespoon of cornmeal over it.
Then dump the dough out of the bowl and into the pan and gently stretch it to fit.
Now grab your sauce and spread it all over the top.
Top the pizza with whatever toppings you like – but not the cheese yet. Here I used some browned Italian sausage, and some sautéed onions and green peppers. Pop this in the oven and bake it for 10 minutes.
Then pull it out, sprinkle on whatever kind and quantity of cheese you like. I used about 2 cups of mozzarella and provolone shredded.
Pop it in the oven for 10 more minutes, and tadaa!!
In celebration of Mothers’ Day from 12 April – 12 May, “Celebrating Domesticity” lets us into different families around the world and see how joy, love, peace, warmth, comfort, security, laughter and more is poured into their daily lives, making a home a place everyone wants to come back to.
“Homemaking is the deliberate cultivation of beauty and productivity in family relationships. Homemaking is about helping your family feel loved and comforted. Homemaking is about celebrating each other, and about caring for each other, as well as for your friends and extended families and even the occasional stranger. Anyone can keep house. Not everyone bothers to make a home.” Art of Homemaking
These are the other bloggers who joined in!
12 April 13 – Oak Tree Baby (Art)
23 April 13 – Home-Schooling Greene Style (Menu Planning)
26 April 13 – Kingdom Work Ain’t Easy Peasy (Spanish Food)
30 April 13 – Life at the Scharf House (Baking)
3 May 13 – No Doubt Learning (Gardening)