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Homemade Pizza with Sweet and Spicy Sauce

The days are passing into an autumn chill.  There is much work to be done to prepare us for autumn, yet we want to linger in the warmth of the sun; just one more minute.  The sun sets more quickly as we settle into the comfort of the chill called fall.  There is much to look forward to and much to pine for yet we know the best is yet to come.


2 ½ cups flour
2¾ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
3 tbs. olive oil
½ cup water
½ cup milk

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Make a well add the water and olive oil.  Stir with a fork.  Make another well and slowly add the milk; stirring with a fork.  If dough is too dry add a touch more water.  Try to get it just right.  Form into ball.

Dust a little flour on a clean surface and knead the dough for 3-4 minutes.  Dough should feel soft and springy.

Gently roll out the dough.

For the Sauce:

3 long hot Italian peppers – remove seeds and slice
3 red bell peppers – sliced
4 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 sweet onion – sliced
2 cups dried apricots – chopped
28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
¼ cup red wine
½ cup fresh basil – chopped
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat a cast iron frying pan with the olive oil.  Add the sliced peppers, onions, garlic and apricots.  Sauté until the onions are clear and the peppers become slightly charred and soften.

Add the crushed tomatoes, wine and seasonings.  Simmer the sauce on low while preparing the dough.

For the pizza:

8 oz. shredded mozzarella or your favorite shredded cheese
Romano or Parmesan cheese – for grating
Olive oil

Dust the pizza pan with cornmeal.  Roll out the dough to loosely fit the pizza pan.

Top with the sauce, shredded cheese, grated cheese and a tablespoon or two of olive oil.

Preheat Oven 375 degrees:

Bake the pizza until it is golden and beautiful; about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy with Love,



  1. Sweet and spicy...I love the flavours. Your pizza looks wonderful, Catherine.


  2. Me ha encantado la salsa está super su pizza,saludos y abrazos.

  3. Pizza is another favorite of mine. I don't have it very often, but I so enjoy it when I do. I would love to eat at your house.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. ☺

  4. This pizza looks hot! Send me over! :D

  5. Now I have a great IDE for dinner tonite.

  6. Hi Catherine,
    Love this recipe of pizza. Your photo is fabulous! It's lunch time here so I think I will have a slice. It looks so very yummy. I never thought of adding apricots on a pizza. Love them, so this is a must try recipe.. Thanks for sharing! Blessings...Dottie :)

  7. This pizza is DELICIOUS, sweet friend. Original and sooo tasty!! :D You're an artist and I want a piece of it now! :D <3 Kisses and hugs dear! Lots of love :)

  8. I had to show this to my husband - he loves pizza and said this looks great! So I'll give it a shot.

  9. I could just drool over this pizza all evening , family love pizza , thanks for shaeing . :).

  10. I am picturing the bite of the apricots on the pizza and as strange as it first sounded, I can imagine it and see how it would enrich a delicious pizza. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  11. What a great combination! Looks divine!

    Have a beautiful week, Catherine.

  12. Oh My! This pizza looks perfect in every ways!!!! I just love it Catherine!

  13. Your ingredient combinations always inspire me!

  14. As I type, a cold friend is coming in, and we're just beginning to get a taste of fall. This pizza looks amazing, my dear. Thank you for sharing yet another delicious and delightful post. I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Here's to an even better week!

  15. Catherine, una pizza excelente y lo mejor es que esta hecha en casa, con tus maravillosas manos y sabes lo que comes, besos

  16. This pizza looks so appetising and the colours are so inviting that i could sink my teeth in one of these slices straight away!!

  17. Mouth drooling <3 I want its piece just nowww!!
    Haffa's Kitchen


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