I love making homemade pizza from scratch. Making the dough is part of the fun and if I buy pre-made dough I might as well order from Pizza Hut. When I make pizza it’s like a little celebration, I have to plan in advance and get into the pizza making mindset. I won’t tell you exactly what to put on it as everyone likes theirs differently. I’m sure you’ll figure out the best and the tastiest combinations quickly. The pizza dough is the part that requires the most amount of work, but with a little bit of patience and TLC you will get there.
Make sure to clear and clean your counter/table before hand. You’ll be getting the dough all over the counter, the last thing you want is a coffee grounds or bread crumbs surprise. Also, it’s not fun moving your appliances with pizza dough hands.
Thin Crust Pizza Dough
1 tsp of Dry Active Yeast
1 1/3 cups of Flour
1/4 tsp of Salt
1/2 cup of warm water
1 TBSP of olive oil
1. Mix warm water with dry yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes. Add olive oil.
2. Combine the dry ingredients and slowly add the yeast mixture.
3. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes and then roll into a ball. Put the dough in bowl and then lightly brush olive oil on the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and then let sit in a warm place for 40 minutes until it expands to twice its size.
4. Knead the dough for 1-2 minutes and then roll into a circle with a diameter of 30 cm. When you roll, spread flour on the counter so your dough doesn’t stick. Place it on the baking sheet or pizza stone.
Usually, the tomato sauce is a mixture of spices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, onions and garlic that I left simmering for an hour on the stove. There are many recipes online or you can also use store bought sauce. Make sure to be happy with the taste of the sauce as it’s an important part of the pizza itself.
As for what goes on the pizza, it’s really up to you. Every time I make pizza I try to recreate the one I had in Verona, Italy. My favorite toppings are thin sliced ham or prosciutto, asiago cheese, artichokes and mushrooms. Of course, everything is topped off with mozzarella cheese.
Place the pizza into the preheated oven (400 degrees F) for about 30 minutes and leave it in for 10-15 minutes or until your house starts to smells absolutely delicious.
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