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Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza

Did you know that you could whip up a pizza from scratch in less time than getting a pizza delivered?  Yes! It is true. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this recipe. I made this pizza - dough, sauce and cooking time included, in under 35 minutes! Unbelievable! The best part of making your own pizza? You can make it exactly the way you want it - as many or as little toppings as you want. I was never really a picky eater as a kid, but I did have a few things that I just couldn't stand: mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and olives. Once,  I was at a birthday party in which  I had to choke down a couple of slices of pizza with all the works. It was like an episode of Fear Factor - I would take a bite, then a big swig of pop and swallow the whole thing without chewing it at all. It's funny, I have now acquired a taste for all of these things ( except raw onions, I still can't stand 'em).

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust - adapted from All Recipes
(makes one extra large pizza or two large pizzas)

1 ( 8 gram or 2 1/4 tsp.) pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degree F)
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a med. bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes. Turn dough on to a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat out into a 20 inch circle. Transfer to a lightly greased pizza pan. Spread with desired toppings. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

For this pizza - I used a traditional pizza sauce, shredded Mozza, Provolone and Parmesan, roasted red peppers, slices of cooked  Italian sausage and pitted kalamata olives..

The next time I make this I will make a few changes:  I used regular all- purpose flour because it was all I had, but I know I would have had much better results with the bread flour. I will probably let the dough rise for an hour or so, for a nice, chewy crust. I will also cut the dough in half and make two thinner pizzas.This dough isn't bad, but it is a little heavy and dense. Don't get me wrong, it was much better than I was expecting it to be, but it definitely could use a bit of tweaking.

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