Samstag, 22. Februar 2014

Homemade Pizza - Homemade Sauce and Dough!

I love pizza. There. I said it.

Here is why:

What do you need to make in order to get the pleasure of a home made pizza?

  1. Pizza sauce
  2. Pizza dough
  3. Pizza
You'll find the recipes for all three things below!

Ingredients for the pizza sauce (for 6-8 pizzas):

  • 1 l of puréed tomato
  • one onion (or two :))
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • some salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic (not pictured)
  • 3 tablespoons of dried basil*
  • 3 tablespoons of dried summer savory*
*Fresh herbs would have been nicer, but that's what I had...
FYI: This freezes very well! Make your own convenience food by freezing this in double portions, so you always have your pizza sauce ready for emergency pizza cravings.


  • Cut the onions into fine cubes. 
  • Cut the garlic into fine cubes. 
  • Heat up the olive oil in a pot, cook the onions and garlic until the onions are transluscent.  

  • Once the onions are transluscent, add the puréed tomatos and still well.  

  • Add the herbs. 

  • Mix well and allow the sauce to simmer until you need it. The longer the better. 

Ingredients for pizza dough for two pizzas:

  • 450g of flour (wholewheat or regular...)
  • 40g of powdered gluten
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 15g of salt
  • 1 pack of dried yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • as much water as you need for a nice and smooth dough

  • Mix yeast, salt, sugar, gluten, and flour in a bowl. 
  • Mix using the dough hooks of your handheld mixer, knead with your hands, or let your food processor do the work (that's what I did!).
  • Add the olive olive oil. Knead/mix.
  • Add a bit of water (ca. 200ml) and knead on. 
  • Add more water if necessary. Knead until you get a nice smooth dough.

  • Cut in half. If you're pedantic like me, you'll weigh the dough first, so you can cut it exactly in half. :)
  • Knead on! The more you knead, the better. Knead until your dough passes the window pane test. No idea what the window pane test is? Check out this link.
  • Turn each half into a nice smooth dough ball, place it on a baking sheet (mine was lined with a silicone baking mat), cover with a fresh towel and allow the dough to rise for about 45 minutes. 
  • Knead again. Let rise for an hour.
  • If you have more time on your hand. Repeat the previous point once or twice. It will make your pizza crust beautiful!

  • Here we are ready for our pizza: 

  • For two pizzas, you'll need:
  • 2 portions of pizza dough (as explained above)
  • pizza sauce
  • vegan cheese
  • some salt water (it makes the cheese I have melt more nicely)
  • anything you want on your pizza - today I made a mushroom pizza and one with corn and beans
  • oregano to top the pizza with after baking
  • Preheat the oven to 250°C/480°F (the hotter, the better, but my parchment paper can only take temperatures up to 250°C/480°F...). I have had excellent results baking the pizza in cast iron pans! Heat up the oven (as hot as possible), allow the pan to heat up in it.
  • PULL the dough ball in shape. Do not use a rolling pin. Just pull it carefully and do not press down on it. You don't want to press out the air bubble that will make the crust fluffy and crisp.
  • Put the pizza dough on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  • Add tomato sauce (I use 3-4 tablespoons of sauce per pizza).
  • Spread sauce. 
  • Add cheese. 

  • Now add whatever toppings you want. 
  • Yes, the topping goes on top of the cheese.
  • The boyfriend asked if I could add some barbecue sauce to his pizza, so I added some to the tomato sauce as I was spreading it on the dough. 

  • Bake at 250°C/480°F for about 7-8 minutes. 
  • Once the pizza is good, take it out and sprinkle some dried oregano on top. 
  • Serve! Enjoy!

I like to use some wholewheat flour in my pizza. The only thing I really need in order to improve my pizza is a pizza stone which would get me a nicer crisper crust. And some day I'll have one!