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GAPP recipe number 1

James and my 5 year old, Emily, love pizza.  They will willingly eat it several times a week so I try to make it a regular Friday night dinner for us.  I do not feel so bad serving them my home made pizza since I can control what goes into the dough, the sauce and the topping.  I serve fresh veggies or fruit salad on the side to round off the meal.  We all like different pizzas and everyone gets what they like on their pizza.  The kids like pineapple and bacon, James like as much meat as possible, in any form along with mushrooms and I like veggies or if I don’t feel inspired to come up with a creative pizza for myself I will share with the kids. The girls love to make pizza with me and will eat all the raw dough if I do not watch them.

Pizza dough recipe:

1 cup water
4 teaspoons olive oil
3 cups flour (can do up to half whole wheat flour)
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast

Mix all the ingredients together, knead until the dough is elastic.

Allow to sit at room temperature until doubled in size.  Roll out, add your sauce, cheese and toppings.  I use a pizza stone for our pizzas, but a cookie sheet works well.  The recipe makes two large thin based pizzas or two medium thicker crust pizzas.  I like it thin and crispy myself.
Bake at 425 for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the base is cooked.

If you make this in a bread machine, add the ingredients in the order listed above, select the dough cycle.  Then, roll out and add your sauce, cheese and toppings.

I normally add my homemade sauce that I use for both the pizzas and spaghetti and meatballs.  At some stage when I make it again, I will post it on the blog.  Last night I had no sauce so my neighbor gave me some of hers to use.  We prefer a mixture of cheeses, about 2 parts cheddar and 1 part mozzarella.

Cost analysis:
This was a cheap pizza night for us.  Both bacon and cheese have been on sale at our stores for weeks now so for both these large pizzas I paid no more than $10.50.
$6.00 total for shredded cheese, $2.99 for the bacon, the ham was part of a larger ham we bought last week (about 0.50 for the ham used on the pizza) the dough cost me $0.50 to make (a little less actually) and then one 6th of the pineapple was another $0.50.  Not a bad price considering 1 Papa John’s large pizza sells for $10.99.

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