How to Make Homemade Pizza: Tips and Tricks from a Pizza Pro - Daily Knife and Fork

How to Make Homemade Pizza: Tips and Tricks from a Pizza Pro

One of the most popular meals in the world is pizza, and it’s easy to understand why. Pizza is a favorite food for many people thanks to its delicious ingredients, crispy dough, and melty cheese. Making your own pizza at home can be even more gratifying than getting it from your neighborhood pizza joint. Not to mention that you can choose the components and make your pizza however you like it.

Start with the Dough

The dough is the foundation of any good pizza, so it’s important to get it right. There are many different recipes for complex pizza dough, but a basic dough only requires a few ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt. 

When making pizza dough, it’s important to use the right type of flour. Pizza flour (also known as “00” flour) is a finely ground flour that’s low in protein. It’s ideal for pizza dough because it produces a crispy crus. If you can’t find pizza flour, you can use all-purpose flour instead.

To make the dough, mix the flour, yeast, and salt in a bowl. Add water and mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough for 10-15 minutes or until it’s smooth and pliable. Cover the dough with a wrap and let it rise for at least an hour.

Stretching and Shaping the Dough

Once your dough has risen, it’s time to shape it. This is where many people struggle, but with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it. Start by dusting your work surface with flour and placing the dough on it. Use your hands to gently stretch the dough into a round shape. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly round – a little imperfection is part of the charm of homemade pizza.

Next, use your knuckles to gently push the dough out from the center, working your way around the dough until it’s the desired size. If the dough starts to resist or spring back, let it rest for a few minutes before continuing.

Sauce and Toppings

Now that you’ve shaped your dough, it’s time to add the sauce and toppings. Tomato sauce is the most traditional pizza sauce, but you can also use pesto, alfredo sauce, or even barbecue sauce. Spread a thin layer of sauce over the dough, leaving a little room around the edges.

When it comes to toppings, the possibilities are endless. You can keep it simple with just cheese and pepperoni, or get creative with vegetables, meats, and even fruits. Just remember not to overload the pizza with too many toppings, as this can lead to a soggy crust.

Baking the Pizza

    Finally, it’s time to bake your pizza. Preheat your oven to 500°F and place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to preheat as well. Once the oven and stone are hot, carefully transfer the pizza to the stone or sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    Making pizza from scratch can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to the process. But with a little practice and some guidance, anyone can make a delicious homemade pizza.