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In 1600 the first modern pizza was created in Naples, Italy. In 1905 the first pizzeria was opened in the United states. Today there are around 80,000 pizzerias in the United States. Having evolved from a simple flatbread, pizza now is a top choice for most families.

Helen’s Homemade Pizza

When we can avoid highly refined flours, highly processed meats and excess fats, we can avoid the main downsides of some pizza. Pizza can supply a healthy amount of calcium, lycopene, protein and fiber.

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Pizza is one of the top three most requested meals because it excites our taste buds and reminds us that fun, food, family and friends can combine to create such beautiful memories.

RECIPE:  Helen’s Homemade Pizza

  • Prep Time:  90 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield:  2- 12″ or 4 – 8″ pies
  • Difficulty Level:  Beginner, Easy

This quick and easy homemade pizza recipe comes together in a flash! Who Doesn’t like pizza?”

Recipe courtesy of Heckers & Ceresota


Pizza Dough:

1 small cake compressed yeast or 1 pkg. dry active yeast

1 1⁄4 cups lukewarm water

4 cups sifted Unbleached Flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp butter

Pizza Filling:

2 (10oz) cans tomato puree

1⁄4 tsp garlic salt

1⁄4 tsp onion salt

1/8 (scant) tsp. cayenne or black pepper

3 cups coarsely grated pizza cheese

1⁄2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese

3 tsp Oregano



1. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.

2. Add flour, salt and shortening; mix thoroughly.

3. Turn onto floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise in warm place until double in bulk (about 1 1⁄2 hours).

4. Divide dough into 2 or 4 pieces.

5 Roll out thin to fit either 12” round pizza pans or 8” pie pans.

6. Fit dough in pans; crimp edges. Brush with olive oil or salad oil.

7. Mix tomato puree, garlic and onion salts and cayenne together.

8. Divide and spread over doughs.

9. Top with pizza cheese and then Romano (or parmesan) cheese.

10. Sprinkle oregano over cheeses.

12. Bake in hot oven (475°) for about 20 minutes or until dough is browned and crisp.

For variation:

Arrange 1 1⁄2 cups finely diced Italian sausage over dough.

Spread 3.4 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter about 8 minutes, over dough.

Arrange 1 1⁄2 cups of thin strips of salami over dough

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Acknowledgement:  Home Baking Association
Cottage Core Home would like to thank and acknowledge The Home Baking Association (HBA) for being a valuable resource who supports home baking