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D.I.Y. Pizza

A simple recipe for your favorite food

The Crust

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup room-temp water

Make It:
1) Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl to form dough.

2) With damp hands, work dough into a coarse ball. Let rest 5 minutes; divide dough in half, form into smaller balls, and rub each with olive oil.

3) Place each ball into a ziplock bag. Let sit for 15 minutes, then toss 'em into the fridge.

Shape It:
1) Remove dough from fridge 2 hours before you plan to roll it out.

2) Dust hands with flour.

3) Stretch dough by hand into a pizza shape, or flatten it with a rolling pin.

Bake It:
1) Dust an inverted metal cookie sheet with flour; place shaped dough on top.

2) Add toppings.

3) Bake for 10 minutes at 500 degrees or until the crust is crisp.

The Sauce

Spaghetti sauce works fine on pizza in a pinch, but if you want authentic Italian taste, try this easy-to-make option instead.

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried basil or 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
1 tbsp granulated garlic powder or 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
2 tbsp red-wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Make It:
1) Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, mashing tomato pieces as small as possible while you stir.

2) Apply sauce to pizza as needed.

3) Store unused sauce in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 4 cups.

See Also:
The History of Pizza
Why Fit Guys Can Still Eat Pizza

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