How To Make Pizza

Pizza

Pizza originated in Italy, but has now been taken around the world, becoming a popular food all over. It can go with almost anything! Creating your own pizza could give you a better taste than the ones you buy in the shop. This how-to will give you 3 different ways of creating your pizza. Some methods are faster than the others!

Ingredients

  • Pre-made or homemade dough
  • 1 egg (as glaze)
  • Tomato paste
  • Grated cheese (usually mozzarella, romano, parmesan, or some combination)
  • Olive oil (Optional)
  • Toppings can be almost anything you like, including:
    • Sliced pepperoni
    • Chopped onions
    • Green peppers
    • Sausage
    • Bacon or bacon bits
    • Chicken
    • Olives
    • Mushrooms
    • Ground beef
    • Ham
    • Pineapple
  • Yeast
  • Sifted flour
  • Warm water

Steps

  1. 1

    Spread olive oil lightly over the crust to avoid burning.

  2. 2

    Spread tomato paste on your pizza dough.

  3. 3

    Add a sprinkling of cheese.

  4. 4

    Add any other toppings that you might enjoy.

  5. 5

    With a brush add some egg to glaze all around the edges of your pizza dough.

  6. 6

    Place your pizza on an oven tray sprayed with olive-oil, so that the pizza doesn’t stick.

  7. 7

    Put your pizza in the oven, and turn it down to about 160C or 320F degrees.

  8. 8

    Take it out after about 15 – 25 minutes, depending on your oven. Use your own judgment to tell when the pizza is ready. The cheese should be a golden brown, but it should not be burnt.

Oven Method (fast)

  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to about 180c or 350F. (C=Celsius F=Fahrenheit.)

  2. 2

    Sprinkle the yeast into a medium bowl containing 1 1/4 cup warm water and stir until yeast dissolves.

  3. 3

    Add 2 cups sifted flour and stir until blended.

  4. 4

    Add another 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour and blend until too stiff to stir with a spoon.

  5. 5

    Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for 10 to 15 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. (See “How to Knead Dough” in the “Related wikiHows”.)

  6. 6

    Place the dough in another bowl greased with a small amount of oil. Turn the dough once so that the top is oiled.

  7. 7

    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place for about 45 minutes–until the dough rises to about double its original size.

  8. 8

    Dump the dough back onto the floured surface and punch it down, getting rid of any bubbles. Divide the dough in half and let it rest a few minutes.

  9. 9

    Roll each half into a 12-inch circle, depending on your personal preference for how thick pizza crust should be. (It will puff slightly when baked.)

  10. 10

    Transfer the dough to an oiled pizza pan or baking sheet, or, if you have a baking stone, to a cornmeal-sprinkled wooden pizza peel for transfer directly to the stone.

  11. 11

    Add sauce, cheese and toppings as desired. If you like, brush exposed edges of the crust with olive oil.

  12. 12

    Bake each pizza for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned and cheese is melted.

Grill Method (Faster)

  1. 1

    Spread the sauce all over the tortilla but you might want to leave a little crust around the edge.

  2. 2

    Put on your toppings and arrange.

  3. 3

    Grate the cheese over the pizza.

  4. 4

    Simply put it under the grill. Be careful not to get burned and your pizza could sizzle and pop because of the common bubbles in the pizza crust.

  5. 5

    Take it out after three minutes, it should be done!

Wood-fired oven method (Even faster)

  1. 1

    Get your pizza base, it can be any sort, although don’t make it more than 2 cms (3/4 inch) thick when cooked.

  2. 2

    Place your tomato base and toppings on.

  3. 3

    Make sure your Wood-fired oven is very hot for the best pizza ever and to help the pizza cook faster.

  4. 4

    Put your pizza into the oven, preferably on a tray so the base does not burn.

  5. 5

    Turn your pizza every 30 seconds for two minutes, and at the 1:30 mark take it off the tray. Now your pizza should be done.

Tips

  • Normal cheese cubes are a cheaper alternative to mozzarella cheese.Just grate cheese cubes evenly over the pizza base surface.
  • Before you put your pizza in the oven, spray it with a bit of olive oil, for a crisper end-result. it also prevents it from sticking to the pan.
  • Keep in mind that this is only a very basic recipe for a pizza. When you are more experienced at making pizzas, change the recipe a little bit. For instance, instead of ham, use salami, or something like that.
  • Try Mascarpone cheese in the tomato sauce.
  • For more nice crisp top, broil the top of your pizza. Remember, eyeball it! Keep it in the broiler for about two minutes. This process will make a nice golden top.
  • Instead of tomato sauce, you can put spaghetti sauce.
  • If you extend the cheese further out than the tomato sauce and leave little gaps in the watery tomato-sauce layer through which the cheese can bond to the crust, the cheese layer will not slide off en masse so easily.
  • Pre-bake the crust a little if you like it more evenly cooked through and done rather than soggy where it meets the sauce, like foccacia pizza.
  • If the crust and top are burnt before the inside is cooked enough, the temperature is too high. A thicker pizza needs lower temperatures so it cooks long enough to be done-inside without burning-outside. You can turn up the heat or even broil the pizza briefly to brown the top, at the end, while eying it to avoid burning it.

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