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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pizza for those Italian Saints

As we move through the liturgical year, we often find ourselves celebrating the lives of Saints of Italian origin.

As we cook our way through the liturgical year, we often find ourselves making Italian food.

Not a hardship at all for our family!

The trick for us is finding easy, quick, inexpensive recipes that all will eat.

Pizza is always a big favorite here.

And it is so much cheaper to make your own pizza.

With whatever toppings our family desires...tonight it was fresh tomato, herbs and bocconcini cheese...

So, here is the very easy, super simple pizza dough we make.

2 cups plain flour
1 x 8 g sachet of dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup warm water

Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl and add oil and water.
Mix to a soft dough.
Knead on a floured surface until soft and pliable.
Return to the mixing bowl and cover with cling wrap and leave in a warm spot for 30 minutes. The dough should double in size.
When it has risen, 'punch' the dough once to remove air bubbles.
Remove from bowl and knead gently for 1 minute.
Roll the dough out to desired size and add favourite toppings.

There you have it! A simple pizza dough and a start to this year's liturgical cooking.


  1. We all love home-made pizza, Leonie. We cheat though and use the breadmaker to avoid all the hard work of kneading the dough! Do you use pizza stones to cook them on? I wonder if we could make a big batch of dough and then freeze it. Then we'd be all prepared next time we notice an Italian saint on the calendar. I must go and find out when that's likely to be...

  2. Is St Margherita the Patron Saint of pizzas?

    D'Oh !!!

  3. LOL at Victor! :)

    Sue, I use my bread machine for the dough too. Waaaay easier!! And yes we have the pizza baking stones. :)