For the crust I actually use a recipe I got from a cookbook from a wonderful church in Kirksville, MO. This recipe was contributed by a friend of mine. It is yummy! :)
Italian Cheese BreadI sometimes make 2 pizzas plus one Italian Cheese Bread, but this night I only made the 2 pizzas. I had some yummy sausage that my dad made out of a wild hog he killed. It is really good! So first I started the sausage cooking since it was still frozen. (I didn't really plan ahead tonight!)
2 1/2 c. flour (I like to use 1 1/2 c. whole wheat and 1 cup all purpose)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 T. quick-rise yeast
1 c. warm water
1 T. vegetable oil
1/4 to 1/3 c. prepared Italian salad dressing
grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. shredded cheese (cheddar and/or mozzarella)
Combine first 4 ingredients in bowl. Combine water and oil in large bowl. Add to flour mixture. Add additional flour, if needed, to form soft dough. Turn onto floured surface. Knead 1 to 2 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes. Punch dough down, place on greased pizza pan and pat to cover pan. Brush with salad dressing. Sprinkle lightly each seasoning and Parmesan cheese over top. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 450* for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
While it was cooking, I mixed up my dough. I forgot to take pictures until after I had it mixed up. I like to use 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup bread flour for the crust.
Here it is all risen and ready to spread on the pan.
I spray my pan with cooking spray, then sprinkle cornmeal on it. After that I sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
Then plop the dough on the pan and spread it out to the edges.
I make my sauce by sprinkling onion powder, garlic powder and Italian seasoning into canned tomato sauce, then spread it on the pizza dough.
Next, I spread on a generous portion of mozzarella cheese (sometimes I spread on a little cheddar as well. You can't really have too much cheese for me!) Top with the meat of your choice. Tonight we had one sausage pizza and one sausage and onion pizza. Those onions were super yummy!
Bake at 450* for about 15 minutes. Serve to a hungry family!
This is a very filling pizza! The crust is nice and thick. These two pizzas were enough for all 8 of us tonight and we had several pieces left over that my husband will have for lunch tomorrow.