Pizza Crust

Procedure:

To prepare the crust:

  1. Dissolve salt and yeast in lukewarm water and let stand for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Mix with bread flour and 1/2 of the Baker’s Best.
  3. Knead with the remaining Baker’s Best until smooth and elastic.
  4. Form into a ball and rest covered in warm dry place until double in bulk (about 1 hour).
  5. Divide into 8 (200gms) portions and roll into 9″ rounds. Rest for another 45 minutes.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Bake for 15 minutes.

Prepare the sauce:

  1. Heat up oil in a saucepan and saute onions (and celery for special sauce).
  2. Add tomato paste, water and seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. For economical sauce, add cornstarch dispersed in tablespoon water and cook stirring for another minute.

To assemble:

  1. Spread about 1/4 cup sauce to half baked crust.
  2. Add 1/2 cup grated cheese and top with ham slices.
  3. For special pizzas, other topping can be used such as ground beef, Italian sausages, mushrooms, green pepper rings, shrimps, anchovies, etc.
Bake at 350 F for 15-18 minutes.