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05-14-2010, 05:39 PM #1
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- Jan 2010
Making Pizza at Home Step By Step
Make the dough
1 1/4 cups warm water (300 ml)
1/2 tsp sugar =(2 g)
2 tsp instant dry yeast =(10 g)
2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil (30 ml)
3 1/4 cups flour =(500g)
2 tsp sea salt = (10 g)
To make the dough, add the warm water to a large bowl, along with the sugar.
Sprinkle the yeast over top and wait until it dissolves.
Pour in the olive oil, sprinkle in about half of the semolina flour and half of the bread flour. Then add the remaining flours and the salt. Stir a few times to combine the ingredients.
Use your hands to bring the dough together, and then turn it out onto the counter. Knead the dough for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until it feels and looks smooth.
Portion the dough and form each portion into a round. Lightly coat each round with oil and place onto a tray. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature until it doubles in size (about 1 hour).
Shaping the Dough
Place the pizza stone into a cold oven then preheat the oven to 450º degrees Fahrenheit. Let the stone heat for at least 30 minutes before baking your first pizza.
Place a piece of room temperature dough onto a lightly floured counter. Press it flat into a round. Continue to press and turn the dough while stretching it. You can also hold the dough upright, rolling it between your fingers as you stretch it. The weight of the dough will help to stretch it.
Making the Tomato Sauce
1 can crushed tomato= (425g)
1 to 2 cloves Fresh garlic
1 tsp Salt
1 can whole tomatoes =(425g)
1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
salt (to taste)
1 clove Fresh garlic
6 basil leafs
For a thicker sauce, with a more concentrated tomato flavor, use a can of quality crushed tomatoes. Add a clove or two of émincé garlic, a bit of salt and stir.
To make the second sauce, simply strain a can of whole tomatoes and crush them by hand. Add the olive oil, salt, garlic, and fresh basil and mix together.
To assemble this pizza, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the dough. Top with a few slices of serrano ham. Add some fresh basil and fontina cheese.
Before placing the pizza into the oven, gently shake it on the peel to ensure it will release. Slide it onto the pizza stone and bake for approximately 6-8 minutes, or until the crust starts to brown. To finish, drizzle the pizza with a bit of olive oil.