Cooking & Entertaining
Making the Perfect Pizza
There is nothing easier than making a Pizza and nothing more
easier than making a Perfect Pizza - provided you play by the rules
and resist the urge to use any shortcuts. Anyone can make a fresh,
wholesome and hearty pizza for eight with from-scratch dough and
fresh vegetables in 45 minutes flat.
Equipment needed for making a Pizza:
Processor (you can do without it, but it is advisable to use it)
Rolling pin and board (Avoid the rolling pin if you can manage to
flatten the dough using your hands)
Baking Stone or Sheet
Spatula or Tongs
Pizza cutter - A big knife will do
Pans for preparing sauces and cooked toppings
Other ingredients for Pizza Sauces
Cheese and other toppings
The Steps Involved:
1. Make the dough and allow it to rise. Choose from
our Pizza Dough Recipes.
Prepare the toppings while the dough is rising. This will include
washing, chopping, sautéing etc. And remember, the Italians never
grate their cheese, they only chop it.
Choose from our different
Pizza Recipes the one that delights you most. How about
Tomato and Feta
Pizzas or Tex−Mex
Pizza or a Pesto
3. Prepare the Sauce. Again, resist the urge of
using convenience products from the store and make your own. See
our recipes for Cooked, Uncooked and
Oil Pizza Sauces.
4. By the time you are done, the pizza dough must
have risen. Punch it down and divide it into balls. Roll out the
Pizza bases. Or you can do what the experts do. Use your fingers to
flatten the ball starting from the center and progressing evenly
out. Continue till the base is about 7-8 inches or your desired
not flatten all the way to the edges. Leave a slightly thicker
border. Carefully place your right hand on the pizza and use your
left hand to turn the flattened dough on your right hand (see
picture). Center the dough on top of your fists. Hold your fists
about 1 to 2 inches apart and start rotating and stretching the
dough. The dough is quite resilient and will not tear if you do
this step carefully.
5. Place the dough on a dusted Pizza peel. Now's
the time to dress it up the way you like. Spread the sauce evenly
leaving the raised edge uncovered. Top
the sauce with your favorite toppings, cheese slices or pieces and
olive oil (or oil sauces).
6. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown
and crisp on the edges and the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes, turning
the pizza halfway through baking.
7. Prepare the second pizza dough while the first
is baking. Lift out the baked pizza from the peel when done using
spatulas or tongs. Cut into 8 pieces immediately using a rotary
pizza cutter (or a pizza wheel) and serve right away!