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Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

A recipe for a Homemade Thin Crust Pizza that is so easy, fresh and delicious, it may just take the place of frozen or ordering in.

Ingredients

Dough
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1/4 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup hot water (not boiling)
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sauce (Or you can use ready made pizza sauce)
1 - 280 oz. can peeled whole italian tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp basil (dry or fresh)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Toppings
6-8 thin slices prosciutto
1 large thinly slized tomatoe
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Sauce

Drain the tomatoes and then break apart each one by hand and drain further.

You are not going to be cooking this sauce before you put it on the pizza so you want to get rid of as much excess water as possible in order to avoid a soggy pie.

Finely chop the canned tomatoes. In a large bowl mix the tomatoes, chopped garlic, basil, salt and pepper.

Dough

Dissolve yeast and sugar in hot water.

Let sit for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile mix flour and salt.

Pour yeast mixture over flour mixture and mix well with a heavy spoon.

Turn onto floured surface and knead for 2 minutes.

Spread into a 12-14 inch circle. If you have a pizza stone, roll it out directly there otherwise;

Roll it out on a lightly floured counter top, transfer to a greased pizza pan, stretching to the edges of the pan.

Preheat oven 475 degrees F. Bake the crust for 4 minutes. Take from the oven.

Add sauce, prosciutto, and thinly sliced tomatoes. Return to oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, more depending on the thickness of crust due to size of pan you used.

Next, carefully add the cheese for bake for another 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly golden. The secret to a really tasty pizza is to cook it in stages.

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