This is the pizza margherita of the square-shaped pie. Resist the temptation to add extra cheese; a light hand is key.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 1/2cups ( 8 1/4oz) bread flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast, instant or rapid-rise
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ( 28oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8oz ( 2cups) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
For the dough
For the Topping:
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- Coat rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Combine water and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a 1 cup liquid measuring cup. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt on low speed until combined. With mixer running, slowly add water mixture and mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Switch to dough hook attachment. Increase speed to medium-low and mix until dough is smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer dough to greased baking sheet and turn to coat. Stretch dough to 10 x 6 inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stretch dough to corners of pan, cover loosely with plastic, and let rise in warm place until slightly puffed, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees.
- Place tomatoes in colander and drain well. Place drained tomatoes in a small bowl. Using a potato masher, mash the tomatoes until just crushed. Add oil, garlic, oregano, basil, and salt to the bowl of tomatoes. Sprinkle cheeses over dough, leaving 1/2 inch border around edges. Top with tomato mixture and bake until well browned and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Slide pizza onto wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
For the Dough:
For the Topping:
Dough should be prepared at least 2 hours before preparing pizza.
Recipe and Photo: Whole Lotta Oven / CC BY