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Amish Pizza: 2 recipes

With all our talk on this site over the past couple of days about pizza, I thought I'd share Lovina's pizza recipes with you.  These are actually her mother's. For the pizza, add your favorite toppings - hold the plexiglass (inside joke for regular readers of this site). Here are her recipes for the "building blocks" of a great pizza: crust and sauce.


2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 /2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup of milk

6 tablespoons of salad oil

Measure flour, baking powder, salt, milk, and salad oil into a bowl.  Stir vigorously until mixture leaves the side of the bowl. Gather dough together and press into a ball.  Knead dough in bowl 10 times to make smooth. Place on a pizza pan or baking sheet.  Turn up edge 1 /2 inch and pinch or pleat. Add favorite toppings and bake at 425.



10 cups of tomato juice

1 large onion

4 large bay leaves

Soak, separate and strain. Add the following:

1 /2 cup of salad oil

4 tablespoons salt

4 teaspoons of sugar

1 /2 teaspoon of pepper

1 /4 teaspoon of red pepper

2 teaspoons oregano

1 1 /2 teaspoons of garlic powder

Bring to a boil and add 3 /4 cup of clear gelatin and boil again. Makes 5 pints.

More Pizza Stuff....

Well, since this is kind of a boring week might as well continue to talk about pizza.  In fact,  I'm posting a poll today on our site to sample peoples pizza palates.  I'm curious as to which national pizza chain people prefer, or whether they select their own "local place."  It'll be interesting to see what comes out on top.  My favorite pizza here in SW Ohio is a local chain called LaRosa's. 

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 They aren't national, just here in the Cincinnati area, but they put out a first-rate pizza.  In my opinion, pizza chains are like any other chain: the larger it gets the more bland the food tastes.  It's just impossible to please millions and millions of choosy palates while maintaining a distinctive taste, so chains head for the bland middle ground.  When I travel, my favorite places to eat are those local Mom & Pop pizza joints.  Of course, the risk with those places is sometimes I stumble into read duds.  But the risk is worth the reward if I happen to find "pizza heaven": thick chewy crust, perfectly seasoned sauce, fresh toppings....Ahhhhh...And, of course, we were discussing "homemade pizzas" yesterday.  Many people don't take the time to make their own but if they would I think they'd find the work worthwhile. Lovina, who pens the Amish Cook column, often favors her own homemade pizza especially after what happened not too long ago.  A few months back  the Eichers picked up pizza in town for a supper treat. The pies stayed warm on the short buggy ride back home.  When the Eicher's excitedly dug into their pizza supper, Lovina's husband Joe received a dangerous topping: a 5" shard of plexiglass buried in the cheese.  Since they discovered the pizza at home, without easy access to a phone, it was a few days before they could report it to the pizza restaurant. The pizza restaurant later claimed it was just an accident, but: 1) thankfully one of Lovina's kids didn't happen to get that piece, and 2) that pizza place better be thankful an Amish family got that mistake because they typically don't sue.......

So, place your vote in today's "pizza poll!"  By the way, I didn't know whether to put "Papa Murphy's" in the poll.  I have never had their pizza even though they are a national chain.  But Papa Murphy's is different in that you pick up the pizza there but bake it at home?  As anyone tried Papa Murphy's?

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