*This recipe is an excerpt from Fresh from the Farm Alabama Recipes, FCS-2112.
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Fresh from the Farm Pizza
Laura Spencer, Spencer Farms, Dallas County
1 cup warm water (90 to 110 degrees F)
1 teaspoon sugar
21⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast
21⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
41⁄2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1⁄3 cup tomato paste
Topping Suggestions (Choose any or all. As much of each as you like—sliced or diced.)
Baby spinach, kale, arugula
Bacon or sausage (cooked and crumbled)
Crumbled feta cheese
Crust: In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until creamy. In a medium bowl, whisk together our and salt. Add yeast mixture to our mixture. Add oil. Stir with wooden spoon until smooth. Cover bowl with damp paper towel until sauce is ready (at least 30 minutes).
Sauce: Mix all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. ere’s no need to cook this sauce.
It can also be made ahead and frozen for future pizzas. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Pat or roll into desired shape and size. Lightly grease pizza pan, and dust with cornmeal. Place dough on pizza pan before adding toppings. Top with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and other desired toppings. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until sauce is bubbly and crust is toasty brown.
Note: You can make this recipe ahead of time to freeze for lunch boxes or quick dinners. Follow the same steps, but bake for only 5 minutes. Transfer cooled pizza (pan and all) into freezer. When frozen solid, slide pizza off pan into large freezer bag. is also works with mini pizzas for a healthy lunch box meal. To reheat, bake at 450 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until bubbly.
Find these and other fresh ingredients at your local farmers market.