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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.

Pizza

Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 pound basic bread dough
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Your choice of toppings

Abbreviated Instructions

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.

Grate your cheese, wash and slice your toppings, get everything ready so you can work quickly and efficiently when it’s time.

Now that the oven is hot, work quickly, spread the sauce, add cheese, and all your toppings.

Immediately slide your pizza into the oven and onto the hot stone. Yep, include the baking parchment, and bake for 15 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound basic bread dough
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Your choice of toppings

Ingredient discussion:

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!

Procedure:

parhcment paper on a baking stone
Cut a piece of parchment to fit your stone. Makes it easy to slide the pizza into and out of the oven.

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.

pizza dough
Spread out the dough so it’ll fit your stone.

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.

pizza toppings
To prevent a soggy crust, you’ll want to work quickly: Mise en place.

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.

Unbaked pizza
Quickly top your pizza with whatever you like, then slide it into the oven.

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.

pizza
Yum, that pizza looks good.

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.

 

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