In honor of Pi day, And being Italian myself, I thought it was time for something different than the usual pies.
So I decided to Create the Pi Day Pizza Pie. Who doesn't love a good pizza, Right? Follow these easy steps to create your own!
Step 1: Step 1 : the Dough
7/8 cup warm water
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Add the water, Yeast, And sugar in the bowl of your mixer, or bread machine, And let sit for 3-4 minutes, Until the yeast starts breaking apart.
Add the rest of the ingredients together and mix at low speed until a semi firm dough is formed, that is smooth to the touch. Knead the dough into a dough ball, and place in an oiled dough pan or bowl, And cover.
Let stand at least 10 minutes, Until it has nearly doubled in size as it rises.
Step 2: Step 2 : the Sauce
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika
In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth.
Stir in oregano, garlic and paprika.
Step 3: Step 3: Assemble
Set your oven to 400 degrees. On your middle rack, Place a pizza stone or bread stone. (Available from most retailers, or online.) Allow plenty of time for it to preheat.
Stretch your pizza dough to the proper shape, and place on a lightly floured pizza peel.
Evenly spread your sauce on the dough, up to one inch from the end.
Sprinkle the pizza with a nice generous amount of low moisture, Part skim, mozzarella. (whole milk burns too fast)
Distribute whatever toppings sound good to you evenly across the pizza.
Step 4: Step 4: Cooking
Slide your pizza carefully onto the stone, And cook for approx. 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown around the edges.
Gently lift 1 side of the crust, And check that the bottom is cooked to perfection.
Carefully remove from oven, cut evenly, and let cool for 2-3 minutes.