Make pizza from scratch

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Here at Eating Berkeley, we’re obsessed with pizza — vegetarian, vegan, Hawaiian, meat lover’s, pizza with cheesy sauce — as long as it’s considered pizza, we’ll eat it. We’ve hit up every pizza store you can think of, from Cheese Board and Sliver to Fat Slice and Blondie’s. But now it’s time to make our own. We’ve decided to share a recipe that you can use to make your own pie at home from scratch. You’ll impress all your friends and family with this extremely easy to follow recipe.

What you’ll need

Crust:

3/4 cup warm water

4 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon instant yeast

4 teaspoon vegetable oil

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

Sauce:

1 can tomato paste

1/2 cup water (add more or less as needed depending on preferred consistency)

1 teaspoon garlic

Dash onion powder or garlic powder

Dash salt

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

(These spices are all optional. You can choose whatever you’d like based on your personal preferences. Get fancy!)

To top it off:

Shredded cheese (the pizza pictured below is made using vegan cheese, we like Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds)

Vegetables of your choice

Meat, poultry or seafood of your choice

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What you’ll do

Dough:

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Leave until the liquid looks creamy (this will take about 5 to 10 minutes).
  2. In a bowl, combine the other ingredients together. Add in the liquid from Step 1.
  3. Mix until you reach a consistency that is sticky enough to stick to your hand (Note: You may need to add in more flour as you mix).
  4. Roll dough into ball. Put into greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow dough to sit for 30 minutes.

Sauce:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in saucepan.
  2. Allow to cook until heated thoroughly, making sure to stir throughout.

To make the pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take the dough out of the bowl and roll it around on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and flatten.
  3. Spread sauce on pizza.
  4. Top with cheese and any other toppings of your choice.
  5. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, making sure to constantly check that the pizza is not burning.

Enjoy!

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