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Cheesy Crust Pizza

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This recipe makes Two 12-inch pizzas
Ingredients
Water1 cup
Bread Flour2+1/4 cup
Salt1/2 tsp
Pepper1/4 tsp
Parmesan cheese, grated1/2 cup
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp
Directions

In medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, yeast, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. Add water (120°-130°F) to flour mixture. Mix by hand until almost smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface 2 to 3 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover dough; let rest 15 minutes.

 

Pizza Sauce and Toppings

1 lb. pork sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
15-ounce can tomato sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

In large fry pan, lightly brown sausage; drain. Add onion, cumin and fennel seeds. Cook until onion is soft; set aside. Combine tomato sauce and Italian seasoning.

 

Preparing Pizza

Divide dough into 2 parts. With well-floured or greased fingers, press each half into greased 12-inch pizza pan, forming a rim around edge. Spread half of sauce over dough. Spoon half of sausage mixture evenly over sauce. Sprinkle cheeses on top. Bake in preheated 425°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until edge is crisp and golden brown and cheeses are melted. Serve immediately.
 

 

*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.

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