how to make pizzas???
4 Jan 09
hmm,pizza are delicious and all the wok that you have to make it it is worth Homemade Pizza Recipe Print Options * Print (no photos) * Print (with photos) Ingredients Pizza Dough: Makes enough dough for two 10-12 inch pizzas * 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F-115°F) * 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast (check the expiration date on the package) * 3 1/2 cups bread flour (can use all-purpose but bread flour will give you a crisper crust) * 2 Tbsp olive oil * 2 teaspoons salt * 1 teaspoon sugar Pizza Ingredients * Olive oil * Cornmeal (to slide the pizza onto the pizza stone) * Tomato sauce * Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, shredded * Feta cheese * Mushrooms, thinly sliced * Bell peppers, stems and seeds removed, thinly sliced * Italian sausage, cooked ahead * Chopped fresh basil * Pesto * Pepperoni, thinly sliced * Onions, thinly sliced * Sliced ham Special equipment needed * A pizza stone, highly recommended if you want your pizza dough to be crusty * A pizza peel or a flat baking sheet * A pizza wheel for cutting the pizza, not required, but easier to deal with than a knife Method Making the Pizza Dough 1 In the large bowl of a heavy duty electric mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid), add the warm water. Sprinkle on the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Stir to dissolve completely if needed at the end of 5 minutes. 2 Attach a mixing paddle to the mixer. Mix in the olive oil, flour, salt and sugar on low speed for about a minute. Remove the mixing paddle and replace with a dough hook. Knead using the mixer and dough hook, on low to medium speed, until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If you don't have a mixer, you can mix and knead by hand. 3 Place ball of dough in a bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil. Turn the dough around in the bowl so that it gets coated with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place (75-85°F) until it doubles in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. If you don't have a warm spot in the house you can heat the oven to 150 degrees, and then turn off the oven. Place the bowl of dough in this warmed oven to rise. At this point, if you want to make ahead, you can freeze the dough in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Preparing the Pizzas 1 Place a pizza stone on a rack in the lower third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 450°F for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour. 2 Remove the plastic cover from the dough and punch the dough down so it deflates a bit. Divide the dough in half. Form two round balls of dough. Place each in its own bowl, cover with plastic and let sit for 10 minutes. 3 Prepare your desired toppings. Note that you are not going to want to load up each pizza with a lot of toppings as the crust will end up not crisp that way. About a third a cup each of tomato sauce and cheese would be sufficient for one pizza. One to two mushrooms thinly sliced will cover a pizza. 4 Working one ball of dough at a time, take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Starting at the center and working outwards, use your fingertips to press the dough to 1/2-inch thick. Turn and stretch the dough until it will not stretch further. Let the dough relax 5 minutes and then continue to stretch it until it reaches the desired diameter - 10 to 12 inches. Use your palm to flatten the edge of the dough where it is thicker. You can pinch the very edges if you want to form a lip. 5 Brush the top of the dough with olive oil (to prevent it from getting soggy from the toppings). Use your finger tips to press down and make dents along the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Let rest another 5 minutes. Repeat with the second ball of dough. 6 Lightly sprinkle your pizza peel (or flat baking sheet) with corn meal. Transfer one prepared flattened dough to the pizza peel. If the dough has lost its shape in the transfer, lightly shape it to the desired dimensions 7 Spoon on the tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and place your desired toppings on the pizza. 8 Sprinkle some cornmeal on the baking stone in the oven (watch your hands, the oven is hot!). Gently shake the peel to see if the dough will easily slide, if not, gently lift up the edges of the pizza and add a bit more cornmeal. Slide the pizza off of the peel and on to the baking stone in the oven. Bake pizza one at a time until the crust is browned and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you want, toward the end of the cooking time you can sprinkle on a little more cheese.
• United States
22 Nov 08
I can do okay on the dough but the rest of it...hard as I try, as often as I have worked at it, I just can't get that cheese to melt like it does from a pizza place. I have put it on first, second, third, Top, botton, throughout, you name it, I have tried it to get that cheese to melt and taste like the pizza joints. All it does is melt, and then when you take a bit, it just pulls off the whole layer of cheese in the first bite. Can't figure how to get it to melt right... have asked and gotten suggestions, but still ...just can't get that problem solved. Problem is that it is probably a good thing because if I could get it to do right, I'd be eating pizza 24/7/365 and my weight doesn't need that help!!!
20 Nov 08
I don't too. For the dough I just mix in some flour, yeast, olive oil and a pinch of salt. For the toppings I'd go crazy. Usually I put on some leftover dish like the barbecue chicken. Some vege and then sprinkle some mozarella cheese and cheddar. Works for my family.
• United States
20 Nov 08
You can find easy to make pizza doughs at the store that are pretty much instant. I like to mix a bunch of cheeses together,green and red peppers,pepper,garlic,onion powder,pepporoni,and I like to coat the crust with melted butter and garlic mixed together.