Friday, July 31, 2009

Homemade Pizza

I'm in a book club, and July was my month to host. We read P.S. I Love You, and after we ate and discussed the book we watched the movie. So for my food for the night I did pizza so we could have pizza and a movie night. I had a whole wheat crust recipe from my friend Jenn that I've had before and is absolutely delicious (and good for you!) and I found a sauce recipe in Cooking Light. All the girls bought different toppings and everyone got to make their own pizza. Dinner was a hit!

My favorite topping combination...artichoke hearts, diced tomato, baby portobellas, mozzarella and goat cheese. YUM!

Homemade Pizza
Crust recipe from Jenn Quilty, sauce from Cooking Light



Crust

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat gluten
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 packet of rapid rising yeast
1 tsp of Splenda (3 packets)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix by had for at least 15 minutes and make into a dough ball. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook...so much easier if you have one!) The dough will be really sticky.

Let stand in the bowl for 15 minutes at room temperature. Set oven to 450 to preheat.

Spray the dough with cooking spray. Roll out the dough and place on a pizza pan. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings. Cook on middle oven rack for 15-17 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.

Sauce

7 tbsp water (I left this out because I wanted it to be thick)
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 14.5-ounce)can petite-cut diced tomatoes, undrained
1 6-ounce)can tomato paste

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk.

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