Homemade Pizza Sauce And Dough

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Saturday is cheat day in our house. What does that mean? Like I said in my last post, this year Jd and I are going to get in shape, eat healthy, and lose weight. Sunday through Friday we eat clean and extremely healthy. On Saturdays we can cheat and eat ANYTHING we want and as much as we want. 

For our first Saturday cheat day, we made our homemade pizza! I swear by this recipe - it beats the pants off of any other pizza + dough recipe out there. You can find the full recipe on Jd's Instructables page here

 

Pizza Dough Ingredients:
3 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour or bread flour
1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
2 teaspoons of fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups of water

DIRECTIONS
1. In a bowl thoroughly mix together the flour, yeast, and sea salt. Add the water and mix with a wooden spoon or your hands.
2. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap or cover with a kitchen towel. Let the dough rise for 18 hours at room temperature until it is more than doubled.
3. If you don't plan on using the dough right away you can wrap it up in plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

NOTE: The dough itself takes 18 hours to prepare so if you're planning on making this pizza for dinner, remember to start the dough the day before.


Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 pound of fresh, ripe tomatoes
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil
2. Cut away the dry stem area of the tomatoes, but leave the core intact. Place the tomatoes in the water and let boil for about 10 - 15 seconds. Remove and let cool then peel the tomatoes with a paring knife or your hands.
3. Place tomatoes into another bowl and mash them up with your hands. You don't want the tomatoes to create a fine puree, you want them to retain some texture so some parts will be chunky.
4. Stir in the olive oil and salt. This sauce will keep up to one week in the fridge