California Pizza Recipe
Ingredients for California Pizza Dough:
Ingredients for Toppings (what I used):
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cups 8-10 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 6 slices of deli ham, chopped or cut into strips
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- 1 small red onion, finely sliced
- 6-7 mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup Black olives, sliced
More topping ideas:
- Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly torn prosciutto, pork or turkey sausages, pepperoni, red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and julienned, or whatever else your heart desires.
How to Make California Pizza Dough:
Making pizza dough in a bread-maker makes it sooo easy!
Add 3/4 cup water and 1 Tbsp of dry yeast in the bread maker and let it stand for a 3-5 minutes.
Next, add 1/2 Tbsp of honey, 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of flour, 3/4 tsp of salt in the bread-maker in the order they are listed and select the dough setting.*
Mine takes about an hour. The dough will be sticky and it will be easy to work with once it's oiled.
Make the easy pizza sauce.
Once the dough is ready, preheat the Oven to 415˚F.
Drizzle another 2 Tbsp oil onto a large baking sheet. Transfer the dough onto the oiled baking sheet and turn it a couple times to make sure the dough is covered in oil.
Roll the dough out in the cookie sheet and spread on the pizza sauce.
Spread on the cheese, ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and onions.
Bake at 415˚F for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is crisp and toppings are cooked.
Now, marvel at your masterpiece! Your family will be so impressed and it's really easy.
*NOTE: Using a mixer or kneading by hand method: Put warm water in a large bowl, add the yeast and let stand for a few minutes. Add honey and olive oil. Add flour, then the salt and mix until well-combined (use a dough hook on speed 2 with a mixer). The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume.