Last year for Christmas my mom had some of our family movies transferred to DVDs and gave them to me as a gift. Over the weekend, when we lost power due to a transformer blowing up (not literally), I had two hours of battery on the laptop and not much else to fill my time (I also realized at this point that Boyfriend and I have possibly the worst DVD collection known to man).
So I watched home movies from my childhood. And I came to a few realizations:
- My parents have not changed AT ALL. Yes, they have gotten older and my dad has significantly less hair, but it was hysterical to me that their demeanors have not changed in the least.
- I miss my grandma a lot (she passed away when I was in high school).
- My sister’s enthusiasm for life is spectacular, and I wish more people could be like her.
- We were (and still are) such a happy family. Warm fuzzies.
I was feeling very proud of my roots, so I decided to take it to the kitchen and make something Italian. Well, Italian-American.
I’ve never made my own pizza dough before, but it is seriously so simple and it tasted so good that I don’t think I will ever buy it from the store again.
I also need to mention that my mom makes pizza every Friday night. She always listens to Ann Murray while she makes her pizza. In the following recipe, the Ann Murray is optional. Further tests are needed to confirm if the addition of Ann Murray has an effect on the outcome of the pizza.
For the sauce:
3 large tomatoes, diced and slightly mashed
1 Tbsp of olive oil
½ Tbsp dried italian herbs
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of sugar
For the dough:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 1/2 cups flour (bread if you have it, all-purpose if you don’t – I used a.p. and it was perfection)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh mozzarella (I used about 5 oz)
Fresh basil, julienned if you’re fancy
- To make the sauce, sauté garlic in a saucepan on medium heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute until just starting to brown.
- Add dried herbs, tomatoes, salt and sugar.
- Cook over medium heat for 10-20 minutes, or until it reaches desired thickness.
- To make the dough, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a medium bowl. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, salt and oil and beat until smooth; let rest for 5 minutes.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round.
- Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan.
- Spread with mozzarella and basil.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
- Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.