Welcome to Mr. Matt's instructions on how to make your own pizza

Sure, it's convenient to pick up the phone and call up your local pizzeria for delivery, but what most people don't realize is that you can make your own pizza with fresh ingredients right in your kitchen in a very short amount of time.

With a little practice, you'll not only amaze yourself and your friends, but save a bunch of money - check it out!!!


Gather all your ingredients, flour, salt, yeast, baking powder, and your toppings, such as pepperoni, green bell peppers, onion, black olives, mushrooms, or whatever you like, you will also need a mixing bowl and a rolling pin and a 1 cup measuring cup.


Combine all your dry ingredients in your mixing bowl. 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons dry powdered yeast. Nuthin' too it.


Add betwwen 1 3/4 TO 2 cups very warm warm water and mix thoroughly to form your dough, I usually use a teaspoon to stir with. It will give your arm a pretty good workout for at least 5 minutes.


Now remove the dough from your mixing bowl and knead very thoroughly for several minutes until you have a nice big ball of dough. Keep some loose flour on your cutting board to coat as necessary if the dough is too sticky to handle.


Let the dough 'rest' for a few minutes. It is best to jump ahead at this point and dice your onions, chop your green bell peppers, etc etc. It is preferable to let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in a bowl covered with a damp cloth.

Divide your dough into two equal halves, you have enough to make two pizzas. Take one of the dough halves and make it into a nice ball and flatten it out on your cutting board


Using your rolling pin (I got mine at the dollar store) roll the dough out until it is slightly larger than your pizza pan. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can use a wooden dowel or a long neck beer bottle. It aint rocket science ! ! ! !


Place your rolled out dough in the pizza pans, and slightly perforate with a fork, this keeps the dough from bubbling during the cooking process.


Pour your pizza sauce in, you can buy pizza sauce in the jar, or you can use your preference of any pasta sauce, you can even use canned tomatoe sauce and add your own spices, but I prefer to use a good quality pasta sauce.


Now sprinkle on your cheese, you can get mozzarella cheese at your grocery store, I've also used monterey jack with good results.


If you haven't already done so, chop and prepare your toppings. For this pizza I had pepperoni, green bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives, jalepenos, and onions. Other great toppings are sausage, hamburger, even chicken, and (don't laugh) I've even made tuna fish pizzas. Use your imagination!


Put your toppings on the pizza, I suggest laying the pepperoni on first, then sprinkle everything else on, it's now ready for the oven. Oh yeah.... I forgot to tell you, preheat your oven to about 425 degrees.


Your pizza should be done anywhere from 12 to 20 minutes tops, depending on where you set your oven, you can set it to a higher temp and it will cook quicker, but you had better watch it closely!!!! It's a real drag going through all this just to burn up a pizza ! ! ! ! !


All done ! ! ! ! Let it cool for a just a couple of minutes before you slice it.


Slice it up, get out a couple of beverages and call up a friend, it's always better when you share!!!!!

It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but before you know it you'll be making some really great pizzas. Also, the price is right, especially for 'starving musician' types. Hey, I'm not proud, I got a leaky roof and if you've made a couple of pizzas and saved a few bucks and would like to send me a $1 dollar bill, I'll surely accept it. Send it to 5822 Cartagena, Houston TX 77035 - It would really help!