With school out, I am free to indulge in a few of my favorite pastimes, one of which is baking pizza from scratch.
The first step involves making the dough. In a large bowl I combine flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and a bit of olive oil. I knead the dough with my hands until it is firm. I then shape it into a ball, cover it, and wait for it to rise.
Next comes the red stuff. I like to throw tomato chunks and paste into a saucepan of spaghetti sauce, and heat until the mixture begins to simmer.
The dough is flattened and applied to a circular sheet pan, which has been dusted with cornmeal. The sauce, cheese, and selected toppings are applied, and the pie is placed in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
The pizza goes down best with a cold beverage and good company.