are credited with developing the art of bread making. It is therefore likely
that pizza evolved from an Egyptian flat bread. Pizza, as we know it today, was
created by Italians living in Napoli. They in turn may have taken the idea from
the edible bread plates used in Greece. Soldiers coming home from World War II
finally brought the idea to America. Penzey's pizza seasoning is the secret to
the spicy sauce. If you don't own a baking stone, use perforated pizza pans for
a crisp crust.
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons
2 teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups water,
warmed to 110
¾ cup fat-free milk,
warmed to 110
3 tablespoons olive
Spicy Pizza Sauce
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6-ounce) can
Italian tomato paste
2 teaspoons pizza
freshly ground Tellicherry peppercorns
6 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. In an
extra large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
1 cup shredded cheddar
Fleur de Sel
Olive oil in a Misto®
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the
water, milk and oil. Make a
well in the flour,
stir in liquid using your hands to mix dough
when needed. Turn
out onto a floured breadboard, knead 5
minutes. Pour 1
teaspoon olive oil in bowl, return the dough
to the bowl. Turn
the dough once to coat with oil.
3. Cover with a damp cloth and let
dough rise for 1 hour or until
the dough has
doubled in volume.
4. Punch down with your fist and
shape into a ball. Cut dough
into 6 pieces.
With cut side facing up, use both hands to turn
each piece of
dough "inside out" to form a ball.
5. Place a baking stone into oven
and preheat to 500
. Set out
sheets, sprinkle liberally with fine cornmeal. Roll
each ball of
dough out on a floured board.
6. Roll to 8 inches in diameter for
thick crust or 10 inches for a
Place on baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce,
and pepperoni slices, then cheddar cheese.
Sprinkle with salt
and pepper. Spray or drizzle with a good
quality olive oil.
7. Wearing a pair of long oven
mitts, use a pizza peel to lift
pizza off baking sheet and slide onto preheated baking stone.
pizza for 10 minutes, remove with pizza peel.
Makes 6 individual pizzas