DIY Pizza Dough – Tasty home made chemical free dinner!

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I am in no way a good cook.  But with a little motivation and help from friends, recipes, magazines, tv shows, other blog posts and all sorts of things I have been exploring a little more on how to cook good quality whole foods from scratch.  The amount of chemicals and preservatives in the couponed for food does scare me a little bit and so here is one of my attempts to make something really whole and yummy.  I understand I am not all the way there yet.  I mean – pizza isn’t the most healthy thing ever but it’s a good start and something that my whole family enjoys.

Here is the recipe I used to make my own dough.  I believe it is from Martha Stewart’s page but it was given to me by a good friend Cara.
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Ingredients:
1/2 table spoon active dry yeast
1 tsp honey
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 tsp course salt
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

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1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast, honey, 1/4 cup warm water to activate yeast.
2. Mix flour,  3/4 cup water, oil, salt together.
3. Add yeast mixture after it’s activated.
4. Mix on low until dough pulls away from bowl. About 5 minutes. (I don’t have a mixer and do this part by hand – good work out but well worth it!)
5. Turn dough out onto clean work surface and knead until smooth and firm 2/3 minutes.
6. Transfer dough to a large bowl, cover w/ clean damp kitchen towel. Put dough in warm spot and let it rise for 30 minutes.
7. Divide dough into 3 balls, or 2 for 2 large pizzas.  Work each ball by pulling down the sides and tucking under the bottom of the ball.  Roll ball on clean surface for about 1 minute.  Cover with amp towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.
8. Wrap balls in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze!

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Pizzas getting their toppings.  Pepperoni, onion, mushroom, cheese, sauce.  I also put garlic, oregano.  I even threw some flax seed in there under the cheese.

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Finished pizza. And it was delicious!

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