Pepperoni Pizza

Easy recipe that allows for multiple variations.

Ingredients:

Dough:
    • 1 1/2 cups bread flour (all purpose flour works too)
    • 3/4 teaspoon yeast (instant yeast or active dry yeast)
    • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • up to 2/3 cup warm water (120-130° F for instant yeast or 110-120°F for active dry)
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
Pizza:
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • about 20 slices reduced fat turkey pepperoni

Instructions:

Dough:
    1. Place the flour, yeast, sugar & salt into a mixing bowl.
    2. Add warm water and oil slowly until dough forms a mass (you may not need all the water)
    3. Combine and knead until dough is smooth & elastic (knead 2 min. with the mixer or 3 min. by hand).
    4. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at least 10 minutes.
Pizza:
  1. Set oven with bottom rack and preheat to 425° F.
  2. Using 2 teaspoons olive oil, grease the entire surface of a 14” pizza pan with holes.
  3. Place pepperoni slices between double layers of paper towels, between 2 plates, and microwave for 30 seconds. Other toppings (mushrooms/peppers) should be microwaved the same way (but for 1 minute) to remove moisture. Blot afterwards if needed.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 10-inch circle.
  5. Stretch the dough by hand, using a closed fist, letting the dough hang down to stretch.
  6. Press the dough into the pan. Add sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Bake 15 – 20 minutes.

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