Darlene’s Pizza

Darlene came to a Goat Cheese Making Class in November.  My pizza hasn’t been the same since.

She noticed the basket of month’s old tomatoes and said:  “Those are just right to make pizza sauce with!!”  I had been procrastinating making something with them, they were small, shriveled and rapidly entering the dried tomato phase.  But, they weren’t bruised at all, so they never molded.

She gave me her Italian pizza crust recipe and her Italian pizza sauce recipe. 

Whoa.  It was out of this world.

First, I made the pizza dough.

Then, I made the sauce.

Then, I cut the dough into 4 sections and rolled them out to about 1/8″ thickness.  (A couple I rolled to 1/4″ and they didn’t taste as good).  Thinner is better. 

This dough is the easiest pizza dough I’ve ever worked with!!  It doesn’t shrink back to each time you roll it, like all the other recipes I’ve used.  It simply stays where you put it.  It’s awesome.

Just look at that cheese.  Absolutely delicious.  Mouth watering. 

I had some mozzarella left over from an overheated batch that never stretched, and thus was named:  Mozzarella spread.

I spread it on the raw dough, then poured the pureed sauce on top.

I didn’t have any meat to put on it, or anything else for that matter, so I cooked it just like that.

Tomatoes and cheese.

It was amazing!  All of my boys liked it!  And, that’s a rare thing.

Thanks, Darlene. 

–  The Goat Cheese Lady


Darlene’s Dough:

3 1/4 c flour (I used freshly ground whole wheat)

250 ml tepid water

4 tsp active dry yeast

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

Mix yeast and water.  Then add all other ingredients.  Mix in a Kitchen Aid mixer for 5 minutes, adding extra flour if needed so it doesn’t stick.  Cover with saran wrap or a moistened cloth towel.  Let rise in warm area for 45 min to 2 hours.  Cut into quarters.  Roll out in flour.

Darlene’s Sauce:

1 can petite diced or crushed tomatoes, or your own shriveled tomatoes.

1/4 cup olive oil 

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano

Saute garlic in olive oil.  Add all other ingredients.  Cook for a short bit.  Puree if you wish.


About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.
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