Pizza Community Class

We here at YUM Chefs think that everyone should have an opportunity to cook delicious and healthy food, which is why we have two classes a week through the summer for two local community centers. For our first week's class we made homemade pizza with homemade crust, sun dried tomato pesto, homemade ricotta cheese, and fresh vegis (some from our garden).

Check out our class recipes and a few photos from our fun times:


Pizza Dough:

  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • 2/3 cups warm water


Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Once the mixture forms a dough, scrape the dough onto a well- floured counter. Knead for 5-10 minutes to develop the gluten.

Clean and oil the bowl and allow to rest in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place a pizza stone or upside-down baking sheet in the oven.

Form the pizzas into discs of your preferred size and top with sauce and cheese. Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the pizza is golden on the bottom center of the pizza.

Remove from oven and cool slightly before slicing.

Makes two 15-inch pizzas


Sun Dried Tomato and Sunflower Pesto:

  • 1 cups sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2  cup shredded fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup sunflower
  • 1 cup Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 1 clove garlic


Combine tomatoes, basil, cheese, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse/blend until thoroughly combined. Drizzle a little oil in if it gets to thick to process.

Makes about 2 cups of pesto


Ricotta Cheese:

  • 1 gallon of milk
  • 1 quart buttermilk (or milk with 2 Tablespoon vinegar added)
  • Juice of half a lemon


Bring milks to a simmer but do not allow to boil. Add lemon juice and reduce heat. Stir for about 2-5 minutes, strain out curds through a cheesecloth-lined sieve or through fine mesh.



Pizza Facts:

1. Since 1987, October has been officially designated National Pizza Month in the United States.

2. Approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the United States every year, plus an additional one billion frozen pizzas.

3. Pizza is a $30 billion industry in the United States.

4. Pizzerias represent 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants.

5. Ninety-three percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month.

6. Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.

7. About 36 percent of all pizzas contain pepperoni, making it the most popular topping in the United States.

8. The first known pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria, opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738.

9. More pizza is consumed during the week of the Super Bowl than any other time of the year.

10. On average, each person in the United States eats around 23 pounds of pizza every year.

11. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened by Gennaro Lombardi in 1895 in New York City.


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