Not everyone is born knowing how to make a perfect pizza. I definitely was one of those people who had no idea what I was doing. For instance, let’s say about 10 years ago, I was 13 years old trying to make my first pizza. My mom wasn’t feeling well, so she decided to go take a nap. She turned on her bread machine with all of the pizza ingredients and went off to sleep. So here I am, standing in kitchen, trying so hard to be a good little girl (because I wasn’t always the best daughter) and I’m thinking to myself, “I have to make this pizza while she’s sleeping, she will be so proud of me!” Little did I know what I was getting myself into. It always looked so easy when she made it, why wouldn’t I be able to master it? The signal went off on the bread machine and I knew this was my time to shine. I quickly opened it, grabbed the bucket out of the bread machine and began the pizza making. There were lots of things I didn’t know back then, such as waiting a couple of minutes for my dough to rest. I put about 1 cup of oil into the pizza pan (don’t judge me, I was only beginning my career of cooking) and dumped the dough into the pan. My hands were a bit shaky and my heart pounding a little louder than normal. I was so excited! I started stretching out the pizza, but to my disappointment, the pizza kept sliding back and not stretching at all. I was upset and I had no idea how to fix the problem. But then my mom walked in, right when I needed her help. She was FURIOUS with me! I stood there with my head down fighting back my tears. She scolded me for starting something that I didn’t know how to make. She took the dough and squeezed out all the oil that it soaked in by now (also scolding me for ruining so much oil) Thank God my dad was around to save me! He stopped my mother from being upset at me and he told her to teach me how to make it. Everything ended up well after that, even the pizza was pretty edible 🙂
It took my mom many years to come up with the perfect recipe. (Sorry for stealing it from you mom) My family wasn’t the richest folks when we came to America. But pizza was so popular here, and my siblings and I always wanted to have it. My dad told my mom that we can’t afford buying them pizza all the time, why don’t you try to make some of your own. So that is how the pizza journey began…We started off with making only pepperoni pizza, after a while we used mushrooms as well. As the years went on, we started coming up with different toppings, sauces, and herbs to put into the pizza. Also lots of credit to mama for adding in the bread crumbs! Sooo delicious 🙂 But I will give myself credit as well for inventing this topping. Basil are always my favorite leaves, whether their dry or fresh, I love them in all of my recipes. And shrimps? Let me just say they are the bomb! Now all I have left to say is, let’s get started! 🙂
Ingredients for the dough:
- 2 1/4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 2 tbsp of original bread crumbs (coat the bottom of the pizza)
- 2 tbsp of olive oil (to grease the pan)
- Conair Cuisinart CBK-100 2 LB Bread Maker (or any bread machine)
Ingredients for the topping:
- 4 tbsp Classic Alfredo Sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp basil (dry)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves
- 1 pckg small/medium shrimps (peeled & divined)
- 15 mozzarella cheese pearls
How to make the pizza dough:
- In the bucket of your bread maker, place in the 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 cup water, 1 tsp of salt, sugar and tsp of dry yeast. Turn it on the “dough” section and let it do the work for you. I usually stand next to it and make sure it does its job because sometimes it’s a little too watery and other times a little too much flour. So keep and eye on your dough!
2. After it’s finished, take out of the bread machine and place onto a greased area. I absolutely LOVE using my measurement mat for messy situations like these. I promise this is one of those things that you invest in and NEVER regret! Make the dough into a little circle and let it sit there for about 3-4 minutes. This process helps you stretch out the pizza like a pro!
3. When it’s done sitting, start stretching it out evenly, working from the middle to the ends. My pizza is usually around 14″ to 16″ in diameter. After your finished with the stretching, sprinkle 2 tbsp of bread crumbs evenly onto the pizza. This will be the bottom of your pizza, take it carefully and flip it over so the bread crumbs end up on the bottom of the pizza pan. Let the pizza rise for about 30-50 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350*F. While your oven is preheating prepare your topping. Fry the shrimps in 1 tsp of grape seed oil for about 3 minutes. Add salt to taste. (I usually use season salt)
Spread 3 tbsp of Alfredo sauce over the pizza. Add the 2 cups of mozzarella cheese following by the dry ingredients, 1 tsp of garlic powder and 1 tsp of dry basil leaves. Then add in your fresh basil leaves, about 6-8 pieces depending on your taste. Top it off with the shrimps, and add approximately 15 mozzarella cheese pearls.
5. Put your pizza in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven type) The cheese has to be nice and golden.
Anddddd your all done! It wasn’t that bad right? You can also choose your choice of toppings, for example: pepperoni, mushrooms, chicken etc…