For huge fans of good tasty pizza. What’s your first reaction about making pizza? I bet, most of us will rather stick to eating than to consider the possibility of actually making our own pizza. Among other things, we often conceive the idea that the process toward achieving that end result is quite rigorous and at such will require some serious tutorials and coaching, and apparently not most of us have cooking as one of our many favorite hobbies.
Well, how about I told you. Making pizza does not have to be so much trouble but fun and simple with the right and complete ingredients in place. Maybe, that won’t convince you, so how about you wait until you follow this recipe and tell us what you think.
Making Pizza at home, will necessarily need these ingredients which can be found in grocery stores.
Note, that these ingredients may vary with individual pizza styles.
-Tomato sauce (smooth or pureed)
-Firm grated mozzarella cheese
-Fresh soft mozzarella cheese, separated into small clumps
-Grated Fontina cheese
-Grated Parmesan cheese
-Crumbled Feta cheese
-Very thinly sliced belied peppers and Italian pepperoncini
-Cooked and crumbled Italian sausage,
-Sliced black olives
-Chopped fresh basil
-Thinly sliced Ham and raw onions.
Tip: Bread flour is the best flour for homemade pizza dough. You can also use all-purpose flour, but bread flour is higher in gluten than all-purpose flour and will make a crispier crust for pizza.
Coat a medium sized bowl with olive oil. Add warm water (about 110 degrees F), dry yeast and sugar. Note: The activated yeast feeds on the sugar and makes the dough rise. In another bowl, combine flour and salt. Have a fork, cutting board, knife, pizza pan and rolling pin (optional) handy.
Step 2: Make a Well in the dough’s Center. In the bowl containing the flour and salt, make a well in the center and add the yeast. Tip: If the does not begin to foam or bloom within 10 minutes of being added to the water in may have expired, check the expiry date and water temperature which should be approximately 110 degrees F). Add the olive oil. Use a fork to pull the dry into the wet, then mix
Step 3: Knead Dough with hands, when dough starts to come together, use your hands to knead it for a few minutes on a lightly floured board. Use the edge of your hand to push the dough down and forward. Give it a few turns till it’s tacky.
Step 4: Cover the Dough in Plastic Wrap, place the kneaded dough into the oiled bowl, cover with a plastic wrap allowing to rise in a warm spot until size doubles. It can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours for the dough to rise, depending on the recipe and environmental temperature.
Step 5: If the dough leaves mark when poked, it means it’s ready, check on the dough.
Step 6: Once the dough has risen properly, use a knife to divide it,depending on on the pizza size you need. The larger the piece, the bigger the pizza. Mould into balls for individual pizzas, and place on a plate, cover with a wet cloth and allow the balls rise until you see an indentation when you poke at it.
Step 7: Shape dough, then sprinkle pan with a bit of semolina for good separation and crunch. Place a ball of dough in the center of the pan and spread it out, using a rolling pin or your hands, then spin it. Pull the dough to the edges of the pan to thin out the center. Add some more semolina to effect separation. Make sure the thickness is even.
Step 8: Top the Pizza and Bake, spread the dough with your favorite ingredients and bake in a 500-degree F oven for approximately 10 minutes. Perfect pizza every time.