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Simple Pizza

Written by Paulo Martirez on Monday, June 18, 2007

• 3 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup water
• 2 tablespoons margarine
• 1 packet fast-rising yeast
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Warm oven on lowest setting and grease a 14-inch pizza pan.
2. Mix flour, yeast, salt, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a bowl.
3. Warm water and margarine in a pan to 125 degrees (the temperature needed to activate yeast).
4. Pour warm liquid into flour mixture and stir.
5. Knead dough four minutes, shape into a crust that covers the pan, and place in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
6. While you're waiting for the dough to rise, prepare your meat, vegetable, or fruit toppings, open a 6-ounce can of tomato sauce or use a similar amount of another condiment, and grate about 8 ounces of cheese if it's not already shredded.
7. Remove dough from oven and increase temperature to 400 degrees.
8. Spread sauce on crust, add other toppings, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
9. Bake for 30 minutes; longer if you add a lot of toppings.
10. Serves four.

Topping possibilities
Sauces: barbecue, cheese, pesto, refried beans, salsa, tomato.
Meats: anchovies, bacon, chicken, ham, pastrami, pepperoni, salmon, sausage, steak.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts: asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, pineapple, pine nuts, tart apples, spinach, sweet basil, tomatoes (fresh or sun-dried), zucchini.
Cheeses: bleu, cheddar, feta, Gouda, gryere, mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone, Romano, Swiss.

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