Pepperoni Pizza

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We love the taste of a good pizza in this house and our favourite pizza place in Dubai is Pizza Express, they make these great thin crust pizzas. I made these pizzas for dinner as a surprise to my boys and myself, you see I have never made a pizza before and these turned out really awesome. I am definitely giving Pizza Express a run for their money. I might even open my own pizza place. I am really and truly happy with the end result and I am also really proud of my accomplishment. I will definitely be making these again and again, my family won't mind one bit. I am the Pizza Queen.

3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon salt
2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
1 ¼ cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Topping

Pizza sauce
10 ounces pepperoni slices
8 ounces mozzarella cheese

Directions

Pizza Dough:

• Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside for 5 minutes.
• Put flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl; whisk to evenly distribute ingredients.
• Add olive oil to yeast and pour it into bowl of flour mixture, mix using a spatula until dough forms.
• Turn dough out onto surface and knead for about 5 – 10 minutes until a smooth dough forms. If the dough becomes sticky just lightly flour surface.
• Form dough into a ball and coat with a little olive oil.
• Place dough into bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
• Leave dough to rise at room temperature for 2 hours, it should double in size.

For Pizza

• Preheat oven to 450°F for 30 minutes.
• Remove plastic wrap and punch down dough once to deflate.
• Turn dough out on a flat surface and divide it into two parts. If dough is sticky lightly flour surface.
• Place one piece of dough back into the bowl.
• Use a rolling pin to roll out dough into a 10 or 12 inch circle atleast ½ inch thick.
• Lightly sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal to prevent the pizza crust from sticking and place the pizza dough on to the baking sheet.
• Brush dough with olive oil.
• Spoon 1/3 cup of pizza sauce onto dough.
• Sprinkle 4 ounces mozzarella cheese on surface.
• Add a layer of pepperoni to pizza dough.
Repeat the process with the other half of the dough left in the bowl.
• Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until crust has browned and cheese is golden.

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