Pizza is a tasty and nourishing dish that is perfect for any special occasion. Enlighten has prepared a few secrets for making a delicious pizza right at home.
Secret 1. Proper dough kneading techniques
- 2 lb (900 g) flour
- 0.4 oz (10 g) fresh yeast
- 17 fl oz (0.5 l) water
- .4 oz (10 g) vegetable or olive oil
- .8 oz (20 g) sea salt (fine grind)
Knead the dough consistently. To make baked dough lighter and fluffy, sift the flour. In a bowl, crumble fresh yeast into cold water, and stir until completely dissolved. Add half the flour gradually and stir well to avoid lumps. Then knead in the remaining flour and salt.
Secret 2: Adding olive oil
To make a more elastic dough, it is better to add the olive oil to the flour mixture. Knead everything thoroughly. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and knead until it is no longer sticky.
Secret 3: Rolling out the dough by hand
Divide the dough into several pieces and leave it to rise at room temperature for about 1 hour. Let the dough increase in volume by two times.
Working by hand, roll out the dough as thinly as you can. Sprinkle some flour over the dough and begin to gently stretch it from the middle outwards. It is best to hold the middle while pushing out the edges. Make the sides slightly thicker to form a crust.
Secret 4: Making pizza crust crispy
Grease a baking pan with olive oil and sprinkle with the flour to avoid the dough sticking to the pan. Spread chosen toppings over the dough and put in an oven preheated to 390 degrees F (180-200 degrees C) for about 10 minutes.
Secret 5: Picking the sauce
Add no more than 3 tablespoons of sauce to a pizza of average diameter. For the sauce, you don’t have to use traditional tomato paste. Gentle cream cheese, hummus or pesto sauce will compliment your pizza very well. Monitor the consistency of the sauce; it should not be a liquid, otherwise the dough will become very wet.
Secret 6: Choosing toppings
Less is more: do not use more than 4 toppings for a pizza. There should be just one layer of toppings, and is should not be more than 0.4 in (1 cm) thick. It is not necessary to sprinkle the toppings over the entire surface of the dough because the top layer should be grated cheese. Ingredients such as fresh herbs should be spread over a pizza before serving.
Classic bacon pizza
Chop bell pepper into strips, salami into semicircles and slice the bacon. Spread tomato sauce over the dough, top with peppers, bacon and salami and sprinkle generously with grated cheese.
Mushroom and onion pizza
Chop the mushrooms as finely as possible. In a frying pan, add a little olive oil and mushrooms. Cook for a while, then add a little heavy cream. Use the resulting mushroom mixture as a first layer, then top with onion slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Chicken Pesto pizza
Take boiled chicken breasts, shred them into small pieces using your hands and spread them over the dough sprinkled with sauce. Before putting your pizza in the oven, sprinkle grated cheese over the other ingredients. This pizza will be both tasty and juicy.
Ground beef pizza
Finely chop a small onion and a clove of garlic. Cook them with olive oil in a frying pan, then add ground beef. Meanwhile, spread tomato paste over the dough and top evenly with the meat mixture. Finish with chopped fresh herbs just before serving.