Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Dough:
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
Sauce:
1 cup crushed San Marzano canned tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 garlic head, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt
Toppings:
7 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut thin slices
Pepperoni
5 – 6 large fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnishing

Instructions

1 For dough: Whisk together water, sugar & yeast and wait 5 minutes.
2 You water mixture should look bubbly, if not your yeast did not activate. You will need to start over otherwise your dough will not rise properly.
3 Add oil, salt and flour and kneed until combined. about 10-15 minutes.
4 Lightly oil a large bowl with olive oil and cover the bowl with a wet paper towel. Let rise for 2 hours
5 Preheat oven to 550
6 For Sauce: heat olive oil in pot and add onions & garlic until fragrant.
7 Add rest of your sauce ingredients and simmer until your desired thickness
8 Turn dough out and cut into 4 equal pieces
9 Line your work surface with cornmeal, place dough onto to prevent sticking. Press out into desired shape, spoon your sauce & top with cheese and toppings of your choice.
10 Slide onto your pizza stone and bake for 7 minutes

Tips:

If your fresh mozzarella is a little damp, press extra moisture out with a paper towel.