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I truly have the most kind, giving and loving sister ever. I can be a bit miserly when it comes to what I deem unneeded kitchen equipment (old fashioned, from scratch, made by hand – all the way for this girl) – I fully admit this, and have been proven wrong in this sentiment many times. One such time recently, was by my sweet sister who gifted me a bread machine. I seriously thought to myself this thing was the fad of the 90’s, and will promptly find a place on a dusty shelf in my kitchen. I could not have been more wrong. We use it every week for Friday night pizza and movie night. Sometimes even more, because it cuts down so much of the time consuming nature of working with most dough’s. To be completely honest, I rarely if ever before ownership of this marvelous contraption made bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza dough etc. Just because of the amount of extra work involved. Sometimes older truly does equal wiser, and I should listen to my sister more often. I could not be more grateful for this lovely gift, and all the delicious things and memories I can make with ease because of it.

This recipe I am about to share for pizza is a bread machine recipe. If you do not own one follow regular pizza dough making rules or promptly go out and buy one. Seriously, it is worth it. The recipe will make 2 regular pizzas or for us five individual pizzas. If your family is anything like ours ordering pizza always leads to “the great pizza topping debate”, since no one can agree. So making five personalized pizzas = 5 happy pizza loving people. Pizza night is a much anticipated event now at our house. My kids love to roll out their dough and add their own toppings to their individual personalized pizzas. Hope you have fun and make some great family memories with this one.

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

1 cup water

1/3 cup pale ale beer (or any type you have on hand)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon honey

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cornmeal

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoon yeast

Pizza Sauce:

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

4 tablespoons  tomato paste

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon sugar

salt to taste

Toppings/extra ingredients:

2 cups cheese

whatever toppings you love

1/2 stick of butter, melted ( for brushing on pizza dough before baking)

Directions:

Add ingredients to the bread machine in order.

Set to Dough mode.

Once completed, place on a greased pan to rise for 20-30 minutes, split in half to make two pizzas, or it can be divided into 5 equal portions for individual pizzas.

Place pizza sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine, taste and tweak for your preferred taste. Remove from heat and place in a bowl.

Prep any other toppings desired.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare sheet pans by greasing with olive oil and dusting with cornmeal.

Place dough on a floured surface. Roll flat until your desired thickness is achieved.

Place on prepared pan.

brush on melted butter all over the dough (you can add some garlic or garlic powder  & italian seasoning to the butter).

Cook in the oven for 5 minutes.

Remove dough from the oven, and add sauce and your preferred toppings. If you would like brush the crust with some additional garlic & herb butter and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

Bake another 15 minutes.

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~Sarah

 

 

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