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John and Anita Liviero Share Homemade Pizza Creations

In the Liviero home, “Sunday is Pizza Day,” says John, owner of Sooter’s Photography.
He and his wife, Anita, fire up their outdoor pizza oven in warm seasons and the kitchen oven in winter. “We enjoy cooking pizza as a family. Occasionally, we invite friends over. It’s something we can do quickly that is also very good.” The self-taught pizzamakers set out healthy ingredients to create personal pizzas.

“My teenage son likes his with ham, tomatoes and mushrooms. My daughter who is 20 just likes cheese and sauce. Everybody loves the Nutella pizza, which I serve with espresso. The flavours just go together.”

Nutella Pizza: Using a grapefruit size amount of dough, roll it to desired thickness. Spread with Nutella and toppings of your choice. The Liviero family used fresh blueberries and sprinkled the pie with powdered sugar. Cook until crust is golden brown.

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
To flavour dough, add dry spices to taste.

In a bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top, about 5 minutes. In a food processor, attach the plastic blade or dough hook. Combine flour and salt on low speed. Increase speed to medium and add the yeast mixture. When ingredients form a soft ball, remove dough from the mixing bowl and knead for a few minutes on a floured surface prepared to prevent sticking. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in a warm, draft-free area. Cut the dough in half.

Use the pizza dough immediately or refrigerate it (less than 48 hours). Or put it in an airtight bag and freeze for future use.

Bake in a preheated pizza oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 5 minutes or a preheated kitchen oven at 475 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 minutes. Makes 2 small to medium pizzas.

Prosciutto Pizza: Follow above steps and add toppings of your choice. The pizza shown is made with prosciutto, mozzarella and stewed tomato paste.

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