Everyday pizza is pretty easy. Just some dough to make a crust, some sauce, and whatever toppings you want, bake and in 15 minutes you have fresh hot pizza made to order. A lot better and a lot cheaper than ordering out.
Today, we’ll give you some tips that we’ve found for improving you home scratched pizza.
- 1 pound basic bread dough
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
- Your choice of toppings
We know, we know, you’ve seen a lot of recipes for pizza dough. Well, look at them and you’ll see that they are all just slight variations on bread dough, so, if you’re baking bread, just save some of that and use it for pizza crust. We do coat the dough with a little olive oil on the day we will be using it. It makes the dough a bit more supple and easier to shape. Other than that, use what you like.
Oh, we always use a baking stone for pizza. The crust turns out better, and, if you use baking parchment there is minimal clean up — win-win!
Line your stone. Cut a piece of parchment to cover your baking stone.
Center a rack in your oven and place a baking stone on it.
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Shape dough on parchment. We like to get our dough so it’s about 1/4-inch thick, with a little lip around the edge. Our stone is round, so the pizza is, too.
Mise en place. Grate your cheese, wash and slice your toppings, get everything ready so you can work quickly and efficiently when it’s time.
If necessary, wait. Wait until the oven has heated for about 30 minutes. You want the oven and the stone hot! Do NOT put your toppings on during this time! The sauce will soak into the crust and you’ll get soggy crust.
Top the pizza. Now that the oven is hot, work quickly, spread the sauce, add cheese, and all your toppings.
Bake 15 minutes. Immediately slide your pizza into the oven and onto the hot stone. Yep, include the baking parchment. If you have a pizza peel, feel free to use that. Or use a cookie sheet, or even a stiff piece of cardboard. Once the pizza is in, bake for 15 minutes.
Enjoy your freshly scratched pizza (you might want to let it cool for five minutes; prevents those pizza burns on the roof of your mouth). Easy as pizza pie, isn’t it? Five stars.