Tamara’s special pizza

I have recently started making homemade pizza.  I have tried a few crusts but this one has been the best so far.

1pkg  Dried yeast (1 1/2 tsp)
1/2tsp  Sugar
1 1/2 Cup water (lukewarm)
3 1/2 Cups flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 lrg  Egg (beaten)
Olive oil

Sprinkle yeast and sugar into warm water and mix.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes.  The mixture should bubble.

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the centre, pour in yeast mixture, pour in the egg and gradually work in the flour making a dough.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead throughly until smooth and elastic.  This should take at least 5 minutes of kneading.

Grease a large clean bowl with olive oil.  Place the lump of dough in the bowl and cover with a tea towel.  Allow the dough to rise and double in size (about 45 minute to an hour)

Punchdown the dough and roll out into a crust.

Now for the toppings.  This pizza is called Tamara’s special because it is my wife’s own creation and her favorite.

1 lrg  Green pepper
200g  Sliced deli ham
10lrg  White mushrooms (Sliced)
3/4cup  Feta cheese (crumbled)
3cups  Shredded mozzarella
1 tin  Pizza sauce

Pre-heat your oven to 450F.  After the dough has been rolled out, place it in a pizza pan.  If you don’t have a pizza pan you can use a cookie sheet.  Spread the pizza sauce all over the surface of the dough.

Lay the ham over the pizza sauce.  Place sliced mushrooms and green peppers over the ham.  Make sure that your toppings are evenly distributed.

Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the toppings.  Sprinkle the feta over the mozzrella.  Place pizza in the oven for 25 minutes.

When pizza is done remove from the oven and let stand for about 5 minutes.  The cheese is screaming hot when it comes out.

I hope you enjoy this deep pan dish.  This is also a fun one to make with kids.  They love punching the dough and after you have cut up the toppings they have fun placing them on the pizza.  Please post your comments if you have a chance to try this for yourself.  Also please leave other topping suggestions.

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