Friday's Margherita Pizza

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Margherita Pizza is a classic pizza recipe that is both beautiful and extremely simple to make! Perfect for making with fresh produce straight out of your garden, this easy Margherita Pizza recipe is great to have on hand and is always well-received!

 

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

2-2 1/3 cups all-purpose or bread flour

1 packet instant yeast (

1 ½ teaspoon granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons olive oil plus additional for brushing bowl and dough

¾ cup warm water

 

Margherita Pizza Toppings

1/3 cup marinara pizza sauce

2 cloves garlic finely minced

Fresh basil leaves washed, patted dry, and sliced into ribbons 

2 plum tomatoes, sliced thick

8 oz mozzarella cheese 

 

dough making

Instructions

Pizza Dough

1. Prepare your dough first by combining 1 cup of flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.

2. Add oil and water and use a wooden spoon to stir to combine. Add warm water and stir very well until mixture is smooth.

3. Gradually add remaining flour until completely combined and the dough is sticky and cohesive and pulling away from the sides of the bowl as you mix.

4. Brush a large bowl with olive oil and place your dough in the bowl. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place in a warm place and allow it to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

5. Once the dough is finished rising, preheat your oven to 425F and line a pizza pan with parchment paper and set aside.

6. Gently deflate the dough with your hands and transfer to a clean, lightly floured surface. Dust dough with additional flour and use a rolling pin to roll out to 12" wide circle. Transfer to prepared pizza pan and roll over the edges to form a crust. Brush the whole surface of the crust with olive oil and then add your Margherita Pizza Toppings.

Margherita Pizza Toppings

1. Stir minced garlic into your pizza sauce and then evenly spread sauce over the center of the pizza.

2. Top with about half of your basil leaves and then evenly distribute plum tomato slices over the top. Scatter mozzarella cheese evenly over the tomatoes and then top with remaining basil ribbons.

3. Transfer to 425F oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and just beginning to turn golden brown.

4. Slice, and serve!

margherita pizza

 

Recipe inspired by Spend With Pennies

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