Brother Bru-Bru’s Pizza
2 cups flour, plus a couple of tablespoons more for kneading and rolling
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup water
1 tablespoon honey (if you don’t have honey, you can substitute sugar)
1 package yeast
Brother Bru-Bru’s Pizza Sauce
¼ cup (4 ounces) Brother Bru-Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce
¼ cup (4 ounces) tomato paste
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt (use more or less to taste)
½ teaspoon pepper (use more or less to taste)
1. To begin, proof the yeast by mixing the water* and honey together in a cup or glass and adding the yeast. After about 10 minutes if the water mixture has a head of frothy foam on the top the yeast is active.
*Note: Water should be between 100-110oF (approximately 38-43oC) in order for the yeast to activate. Too low and the yeast won’t come alive. Too hot and the yeast will die. Using a thermometer will greatly aid your accuracy.
2. Put the 2 cups of flour, olive oil and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir together thoroughly. Once the yeast has proofed slowly add the water to the flour and mix until no loose flour remains
and the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out of the bowl onto a counter or cutting board lightly dusted with flour and knead it for 3 or 4 minutes until it is smooth and firm. When ready the dough will stretch slightly when pulled.
3. After kneading the dough return it to the bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise by placing it into a location at about 80-85oF (27-29oC). A good technique is to place the bowl containing the dough in a sunny spot in your kitchen, or in an oven warmed by the pilot light, or on the top rack of an oven with a pan of hot water directly under it on the lower rack. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
4. Once the dough has risen, turn it out of the bowl onto a cutting board or counter which has been dusted with flour. Cut the dough in halves and form each half into a ball. Roll each dough ball into a round pizza crust approximately 12 inches in diameter. If you’d prefer you can cut the dough into thirds or fourths and roll each portion into a smaller pizza. After rolling your pizza crusts should be about ¼ inch thick. Your crusts are now ready for cooking.
1. Mix together the Brother Bru-Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce, tomato paste, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.
1. You can top a pizza with just about anything you like. Some toppings we’ve used that we really enjoyed include thin sliced tomatoes (Roma tomatoes work best), sliced green, red, and yellow bell peppers, thin sliced red onions, mushrooms, pineapple, lightly streamed broccoli, pre-cooked string beans, black olives, mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan cheese, pepperoni, ham, hard salami, and Italian sausage.
1. Preheat oven to 400oF (approx. 204oC).
2. Ladle the sauce out onto the pizza crusts and spread evenly to within ½ inch of the edge.
3. Place your desired toppings on top of the sauced crusts and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edge of the crust turns brown.
4. When cooked remove pizzas from the oven and let rest for 3-5 minutes.
5. Then slice into 6-8 pieces. Bon appétit!
Want your sauce hotter? Replace part or all of Brother Bru-Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce (Hot) with Brother Bru-Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce (Very Hot).
Want to cool it down a bit? Try a mix of 50% Brother Bru-Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce (Hot) and Brother Bru-Bru’s Chili Pepper Sauce (Mild).
Want your sauce tame? (Not everyone is a fanatic.) Replace Brother Bru-Bru’s Chipotle Pepper Sauce (Hot) with Brother Bru-Bru’s Chili Pepper Sauce (Mild).
Making pizza dough yourself too time consuming, or too much trouble? Try purchasing ready made pizza dough from your grocer. Just roll it out per the instructions on the package, top with Brother Bru-Bru’s pizza sauce and the toppings of your choice, and you’re ready to cook.
But no matter how you like your pizza – KEEP IT HOT!