How to - Fantastic pizza dough.
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Some historians say that pizza originated in China but wherever it came from I think we all know that the Italians do it very well.
Here is Mamma's recipe straight from Italy. It turns out every time, it's not too thick and is perfectly crispy.
- 375 mls Warm water
- 3 tsp Dried yeast or 20 g of fresh yeast
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar -white or brown will do
- 3 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
- 500ml Plain flour
- In your bowl add the water and the yeast. Give it a bit of a stir until the yeast is dissolved and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Add the oil, sugar and the salt into the yeast liquid and stir.
- Finally add the plain flour as well and give it all a really good stir until it's all mixture together like a sticky loose ball.
- Tip the dough ball out onto a floured surface and give it a good knead with your hands for a few minutes until the dough mixture is smooth.
- Put the dough back in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap then a damp towel and set aside in a warm place for a few hours until the dough rises (usually about double.)
Method for making pizza
As this is a hub for the pizza dough, I won't concentrate on making pizza's but I'll quickly cover cooking a pizza.
Get all your ingredients ready to top your pizza.
You will need tomato base, cheese and toppings e.g. salami's, pineapple, olives, capsicums, peppers, mushrooms, artichoke etc and herbs if you choose. You will need a a little flour to flour your board or bench and your rolling pin
Pre-heat the oven to 200°and oil your trays . Rub some flour over your rolling pin.
Tip the dough out onto a flour board, knead well for a few minutes until smooth and elastic and divide into 3 equal parts.
Roll each piece of dough into a circle to fit your 13 Inch pizza pan.
Placed rolled out dough circle onto your oiled pizza tray, add your tomato base sauce and swirl all over with a spoon.
Top with cheese and your other toppings and Bellisimo! There you have your pizza.
Pop into your pre heated oven for about 20 mins but keep an eye on it, The pizza may need a little less or more time in the oven. Don't worry if the underside isn't crispy check my tips below for the solution.
If I have no fresh sauce on hand I use a jar of store bought, tomato flavoured pasta sauce and no one knows the difference.
To crisp up the bottom of your pizza sit the pizza still in it's pan on the top stove element. Move the pan slowly around so the pizza is evenly heated from the bottom up. Do watch it slowly because they can burn quickly. Do this after it has cooked in the oven.
I find aluminum pizza trays the best to use especially after they have been worn in, I find they don't stick!
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