Bob B’s Homemade Pizza

 

 

My father in-law left us many special memories, too many to tell in one sitting. From all these remembrances, his fun dinner parties stand out in my mind. When Bob retired, he started cooking. I have his beef stew, taco pie and pizza recipes in my collection. It’s the pizza recipe that remains dear to me as it reminds me of fun times at the Blowey house.

 

 

I fondly remember one evening standing in my in-law’s kitchen, while Bob made homemade pizza with my mother- in -law Theo. She helped arrange the sliced peppers and onions. He was so funny that he would watch her working to make sure she did it the way he wanted. You see, Bobs pizzas were homemade and crafted with love, the very same as Theo’s homemade crafted pies.

 

 

 

Bob made magnificent trays of pepperoni, cheese and even shrimp pizza! When Tom’s siblings visited on weekends, they would have a grand spread of pizza, Bob’s speciality!  Don’t I miss those days and the mouth-watering pies!

 

 

So Bob’s recipes for pizza sauce and the crust have lived in my scrapbook cookbook but I have to confess…I’ve never made them! Maybe I thought that I’d never come close to his creations and the yeast factor scared the heck out of me! ( Yeast and I have never gotten along but lately I’m daring to try it and it’s working well!)

 

 

Here I’ll share his recipe for homemade sauce and crust. You need a full day of cooking the sauce, on and off for several hours for a rich flavor. I made my pizza on a weekend when I had plenty of time.

Pizza Sauce

1/4 c olive oil

1 garlic clove

2 cans tomato paste ( I used the medium size)

1- 15 oz stewed tomatoes, peeled & cut fine

1- 28 oz  diced or puréed tomatoes

1/2 green pepper chopped

1- onion chopped or grated

1 tsp salt

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp Italian seasoning

In a large skillet cook garlic in oil until soft. Add onion and green pepper and cook until translucent. ( just a couple of minutes) Next add tomato paste, stewed tomatoes and diced or puréed tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add seasonings and stir well. Cook sauce for 20 minutes and then shut off. Keep covered. Do this routine three times throughout the day, 20 minutes and then shut off each time. After sitting and simmering all day on and off, it’s ready to top your pizza!

 

Pizza Crust

3/4 c warm water

1 pkg dry yeast

1/8 tsp sugar or honey ( I used honey)

4 c flour

1 tsp salt

1/4 c olive oil

In a small bowl put warm water with yeast and honey, stir. Let stand in a warm place for 10-15 minutes. It will get bubbly. In a large bowl combine 1 cup flour and salt. Add oil to yeast mix. Pour into the large bowl of flour and mix together. Gradually add second cup of flour. Stir  with a wooden spoon. When dough is mixed, add third cup of flour. At this point you may need to add a small amount of water. When it begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, turn it onto a floured board. Gradually knead the remaining cup of flour into the dough. It should become smooth and elastic and no longer sticky. The amount of flour will vary depending on how moist the dough is and the weather. Coat a bowl with olive oil and place the dough ball in it, rolling it to coat it on all sides. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place, until it has doubled in size. This takes about 1 1/2 hours. ( I put my oven on and placed the dough on the warmest place on the stove top. )You will know when the dough is ready by pressing your finger in it, it will leave an impression. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll out dough on a floured surface. This makes a 20 inch round pan or a 12 x 18 baking pan. Brush oil in pan, place rolled dough and brush oil on dough. Place pizza sauce 1/4 inch thick. Next place sliced green pepper and onions. If you wish to add pepperoni, do it after the veggies. Top with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning or oregano on top. Cook 15-18 minutes till brown and cheese is bubbly.

 

So as I crafted my first pizza Bob’s way, I felt that he would have approved. He was so proud of his pizzas and that rubbed off on me, so many years later. I wish to dedicate this post to my father-in-law on the day he was born on. Here are some photos of him fishing and on a camping trip with Tom.

 

 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul

27 thoughts on “Bob B’s Homemade Pizza

  1. Hi Mary– don’t you love recipes that come from family or people you love?? Every time you make it, you think of them. One time I recopied my little notebook of recipes from friends/family and it made me so happy to see all their names on food I made all the time. And your sauce recipe looks great!! I’ve never made pizza sauce from scratch– but would love to try this! thanks. hugs hugs!

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    1. Yes, I have many special family recipes from my mom’s side, dad’s side and my husband’s mom, dad and Meme. I plan to pass them on to my boys and their wives. Take care and safe travels home!😃💗

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      1. How great to have all those recipes collected. When our kids moved into their first apartments (in college), I made them a little notebook of recipes of things they liked growing up– and they still use them. take care Mary– been hearing about more storms in the northeast! hugs!

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      2. That’s so sweet of you, passing on your family recipes! I may share mine with Lexy and Dylan. Yes, this storm is like a cyclone now in the Boston area. It’s fine where we are north of there but our son is just outside of the city. He’s going to travel with his girlfriend’s family to their house for tonight and we will pick him up tomorrow. Praying that they all will be safe and Tom and I will traveling tomorrow! How is the weather there? Do you have bad storms there?

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      3. Gosh, that sounds pretty scary Mary! Pray you’ll be Ok through it all. No storms here– we’ve had so little rain over the past few years. That’s why they wildfires are getting worse! hugs hugs!

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      4. Everything worked out, Rhonda. We dodged the storm and picked up our son the next day. The wildfires are like storms, so scary and threatening. I pray for your state to get rain! Blessings to you, friend💗💗💗

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      5. Hi Rhonda, Branden is home until Sunday morning . He’s enjoying his time here but all his friends have different college breaks. He’ll have to connect with them over the summer! He’s been working on his animation projects for school and reading for pleasure. Yesterday he cooked breakfast for Tom and they watched a movie together while I was at school. That’s wonderful you got rain! I hope it continues now and then so it won’t be so dry! Blessings to you friend🙏😇

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      6. Hi Mary– Sounds like Branden is having the best kind of time at home– so cool that he made breakfast for Tom! I know you’re loving having him in the house. And are you buried in snow?? And is Tom out plowing day and night?? We keep hearing about the storms in the northeast! take care friend. xox

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      7. Hi Rhonda, how are you? We had a great time with Branden and brought him back to college on Sunday. Now we have more snow from the latest snowstorm…wrote a post with pictures thus morning. How us your weather? Hugs❤🌈

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  2. What a lovely share Mary. It’s wonderful when one is able to recall happy memories in the culinary department. Thanks for sharing the pizza recipe, it looks and sounds amazing!

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  3. I had a problem with one yeast packet which had got old and did not know I should have thrown it away! Now I have baked one cheese bread and one coconut bread and they were better, thanks to the fresh yeast! I also needed to knead them a lot more! as you say, we learn something new everyday!

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