Pizza Cooking

Homemade pizza is much better tasting than either ordering a pizza or cooking frozen pizza because you can control the dough, the sauce and the toppings and make it exactly as you want it. You might be new to pizza making, in which case you are probably looking for some homemade pizza tips.

 

Pizza Dough Tips

If you are making a deep-dish pizza, you can use all-purpose flour. Artisan flour is good for thinner crusts. Using moist dough makes the pizza crust really soft and tender. If you want your crust thicker, you can let the rolled out crust rise, covered, for thirty minutes before adding the sauce and toppings. A pizza screen or pizza stone gives you a really crispy crust.

 

Pizza Sauce Tips

A tomato-based sauce is the most common type used to make homemade pizza and you can add garlic, crushed peppercorn, and oregano to give the sauce more flavor. Balsamic vinegar adds bite and you can try different herbs and spices in the pizza sauce for different flavors. If you do not want to make a tomato sauce, you could combine extra virgin olive oil with garlic and herbs for an oil based sauce or use flour, cream, and cheese for a white sauce. There are lots of different pizza sauce recipes to try if you do not want to use a readymade sauce.

 

Pizza Topping Tips

If you are using canned food as a topping or anything very moist, you will need to drain it well; else, it will make your pizza crust soggy. If you are using dried herbs, rub them between your fingers before sprinkling them over the pizza because this releases their flavor oils. Herbs are great on homemade pizza and you can try basil, oregano, cilantro and more, depending on the other toppings you are using. Remember that a teaspoon of dried herbs is equal to a tablespoon of fresh herbs in most cases.

 

Most pizzas feature cheese and you can choose from mozzarella, feta, fontina, Monterey jack, provolone, Gorgonzola, goat cheese and many more. Extra virgin oil is nice drizzled over a freshly baked pizza and it does taste different to virgin olive oil. These pizza tips are just suggestions and you can use whichever toppings you personally favor.

 

Pizza Cooking Tips

You can use a pizza stone or pizza screen if you like, but there’s nothing better to make a perfect pizza than a Californo pizza oven. You should cool your pizza on a wire rack for a few minutes when it is cooked to let the cheese set a bit and to keep the crust crisp. This is something you would definitely be taught in pizza cooking school. Do not leave it in the pizza pan to cool because the steam would be trapped between the pan and the pizza, making it soggy.

 

These homemade pizza tips are just a guide because everyone has their own preferences when it comes to homemade pizza recipes. You can experiment with different pizza dough recipes, use a different pizza sauce recipe until you find one you like and try different toppings for interesting flavor, texture and color combinations.

 

Pizza is a real delight to make because there are so many ways to make it and it can be as healthy or as devilish as you like!

 

This traditional, Italian pizza dough recipe is the “BEST”. Step-by-step instructions are given, making this flaky, crisp dough, virtually foolproof! Thick or thin crust is up to you, as well as the pizza toppings, and be sure to try it using a true Californo pizza oven, Yummy!

Servings: 6

Main Ingredient: Flour

Difficulty Level: 2

Ingredients to make Italian Pizza Dough

4 1/2 c Unbleached all-purpose

White flour 1 ts Salt

1/4 c Olive oil

2 pk Dry yeast

1 1/2 c Warm water

2 ts Light brown sugar

Directions to make Italian Pizza Dough

Step 1:

Measure 1/2 cup warm water (110 F) into 2 cup container and stir in the brown sugar. (Make sure water is warm, not hot – too hot will kill the yeast). Dissolve the 2 packages of dried yeast in the water and set it aside for 5 minutes. Will become frothy. (about 2 cups worth!) Sift 4 cups of the flour and the salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a depression in the middle of the flour and pour in 3/4 of the olive oil and 1 cup of warm water. When the yeast is ready, add it also.

Step 2:

Dust your kneading surface with flour, then mix the ingredients in the bowl with your hands. Place dough ball on the floured surface and knead from 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour to the kneading surface if the dough is too sticky or wet. Eventually the dough will become elastic.

Step 3:

Rub the insides of a clean bowl with the remaining olive oil and place the dough in it, coating the dough with olive oil by turning it in the bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place until double in size, 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. An oven with the light on or a lit burner pilot will provide suitable heat for rising dough.

Step 4:

When dough has risen, divide into two halves, then roll each out on floured surface. A round shape may be cut out with table knife using 12 inch bowl or plate as template. Sufficient for 2 12 inch thin-crust pizzas, or 1 12 inch thick-crust.

Step 5:

Cook on a pizza stone or oven tile at 500 F. The unglazed oven tile makes a huge difference in the crispiness and texture of the crust. It absorbs moisture and keeps oven temperatures even. May even be removed with pizza and set on a rack on table – will keep pizza warm much longer.