Homemade Pizza

One summer we went to London to visit very dear friends of ours.
We met in New York City, and they had been relocated back to London for a job.
Out of the abundance of their hearts, they gave us some air miles to go towards a trip to visit them the summer of 2003.
We were a family of  5 at that time and had never been to England despite the fact that I had done so much traveling. I will never forget  William our friend, driving in a tiny car to get us all. We had our suitcases on our laps, children squished together and were SO excited to be in England on a 3 week holiday!!! We arrived at their home in Gerrard's Cross, a picturesque village, jet lagged but excited to have a glamorous, unexpected holiday with dear friends.
We walked into their home to the smell of something amazing.
Hester had in her fantastically loving way, made homemade pizza!
I had never had homemade pizza in a home before! She actually later introduced me to my bread maker, and so gets credit for my making the pizza dough as well!
Today I am giving you my recipe for homemade pizza and two topping options that are both mouth wateringly yummy.
The first is the original recipe from my dear Hester!

If you don't have a bread maker, ask at the bakery counter of your store for fresh pizza dough and discover the joys of fresh gourmet style pizza!!! Just pennies compared to what you would pay in a restaurant!

Makes 12 personal sized pizza's

Pizza Dough in a bread machine
7 cups of bread flour
2 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp of olive oil
2 tsp dry bread yeast
2 Tbsp dry milk powder
3 cups water

Pizza #1

1pint creme fresh ( a nicer version of sour cream )
1 large sweet vidalia onion cut into thin round slices
1 tsp powdered or confectioners sugar
2 tsp butter
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 package of smoked bacon cooked and crumbled
Fresh cracked black or red pepper

Pizza #2
1 pint of creme fresh
1/2 cup of cooked and drained frozen or fresh spinach
1 package of Prosciutto, cut into strips
1 pint of brown mushrooms, sauteed
8 0z or more of fresh goat cheese
Garlic Salt
Fresh Basil
Olive oil
Fresh Cracked Pepper

Pizza Dough
You need to plan on making the dough before hand, in my bread machine it takes 45 minutes to make the dough and then another 15 minutes resting at room temperature.Just follow your machines directions. By all means make it ahead of time and refrigerate it, just take it out for about 30 minutes to get to room temperature before working with it(Or buy it from a pizzeria or grocery store in the bakery department)

* Pre Cook your Pizza bases in a 325 degree oven for about 12 minutes or until very lightly golden
* Saute your onion in butter and powdered sugar on low heat, constantly stirring until golden brown
* Add your creme fresh to each base, and add your onion, crumbled bacon and mozzarella to each one, keeping in mind each needs about the same amount

*Pre Cook your Pizza bases as above
*Add your creme fresh, prepared spinach, sauteed mushrooms, prosciutto, crumbled goat cheese, garlic salt and a drizzle of olive oil

* Cook Pizza's at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes

1 comment:

Karen said...

Wow! What fantastic toppings for your pizza. I love the flavors with the cheese, prosciutto, and basil. This is a gourmet pizza!

Serving sizes and this sight.....

As many of you have come to realize, I am usually making huge amounts of food and alot of times for more than just my family. However, I would be horrified to think that someone who was living alone, or with only a couple people in their home would feel discouraged about this..
Simply use division for most of these recipes if they are too big. With the exception of baking, which requires a fair amount of science, these recipes can be adjusted and modified with ease! And if you feel stuck, either leave me a comment or email me and I will try to respond to you as soon as I can.
Thanks fellow foodies, hope you eat something yummy today and enjoy the fact that you didn't spend lots of money at a high end restaurant!

Enjoy! I love to hear from you all!

Rebecca Turrigiano


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