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Pepperoni Pizza (Homemade Dough and Pizza Sauce)

Pepperoni Pizza (Homemade Dough and Pizza Sauce)
  • Meal

    Main Dish

  • Cusine

    American

Ingredients

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups warm water

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp white vinegar

3 1/2 - 4 cups bread flour

2 cans tomato sauce

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 tsp honey

2 tsp chopped fresh oregano

2 tsp chopped fresh basil

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1 clove garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

20 slices pepperoni

2 Tbsp fresh oregano

Red pepper flakes

Directions

For the pizza dough: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine yeast, 2 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup warm water and whisk until yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest 5 minutes. Add in remaining 1 cup warm water, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Fit mixer with whisk attachment, set on low speed and slowly add in 1 3/4 cups of the flour and mix until combined. Switch to a dough hook and slowly add in remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, then knead mixture on medium-low speed about 5 - 7 minutes, adding in up to an additional 1/2 cup flour as needed, until dough is smooth and elastic (dough should be slightly sticky but should not stick to a clean fingertip). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. For the pizza sauce: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Preferably let rest 30 minutes (while dough is rising) to allow flavors to meld. To assemble pizza: Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees. While oven preheats assemble pizza. Punch down pizza dough (divide into two equal 16 oz portions, freeze one in a resealable bag for a later use or make 2 pizzas right away). Place a sheet of parchment paper over a pizza peel, then lightly dust parchment paper with flour. Pat/roll and stretch dough on pizza peel to a 13-inch round, while creating a rim along edge of dough. Using a fork (without piercing all the way through) pierce dough many times over surface. In a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp olive oil with 1 clove garlic and brush evenly over top and edges of pizza, then evenly spread about 2/3 cup of the pizza sauce over pizza (leaving rim uncoated). Top evenly with cheeses (again leaving rim uncoated) and pepperoni slices (if using turkey pepperoni, I recommend adding halfway through baking). Carefully slide pizza (on parchment paper) to preheated pizza stone in oven and bake 12 - 15 minutes until crust is golden. Remove from oven, sprinkle top with oregano and optional red pepper flakes. Cut into slices and serve.