• How to Make Delicious Pizza Dough

    Date: 2016.03.17 | Category: Blog | Tags:

    Pizza dough made by the Italian chef is tolally hand-made with the hands and not rolled out with a rolling pin. Making this classic Italian pizza dough is great fun and if you have children they can chip in and will totally enjoy the thrill of making pizza the way it is made in the Italian kitchen. This is not fast food pizza.

    We will make this pizza dough for four 12 inch pizzas. You can store 3 pizza doughs in the refrigerator for making later.

    Here are instructions for making four 12 inch Classic Italian pizzas:

    Baking and cooking equipment:

    Pizza pans – 12 inch or larger

    2 large bowls

    Kitchen towels

    4 small covered bowls or containers

    Large apron

    Ingredients for pizza dough:

    7 cups all-purpose flour

    2 envelopes active dry yeast

    2 teaspoons sugar

    2 teaspoons salt

    4 teaspoons cornmeal

    2 and 1/2 cups warm water

    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    Making the pizza dough:

    First put 1/2 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Stir just slightly. Let stand until the yeast is foamy – about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, flour, olive oil, and salt. Stir until the dough is thick and sticky. Take the dough out of the bowl and put on a lightly floured surface.

    Knead the dough for about 10 minutes.

    Coat your other bowl with olive oil and put your dough into the bowl coating both sides with the olive oil. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place. This should take about 45 minutes. When your dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 4 rounded pieces. Place each piece in the small covered containers. Make sure to add olive oil to the bottom of the containers. You can now store your pizza dough in the refrigerator and make as you need them.

    To make one pizza, place one dough on a floured surface. Begin spreading out with your fingers. Here is where you can throw your pizza up in the air and twirl it around. This is lots of fun and the children will love this part. There is actually a reason for throwing it up in the air and twirling it. It spreads out naturally. You do not have to roll out the pizza dough. Continue spreading the pizza dough with your fingers. The children will love this part too. It is a lot more fun than rolling it with the rolling pin.

    Coat your pan with olive oil and sprinkle on a little of the cornmeal – about 1/2 teaspoon for each pan. Put your dough on the pan and spread to the edge wiith your fingers to make a nice thick crust at the edges.

    Classic Italian pizza requires simple toppings: Either Italian plum tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, or pizza sauce with mozzarella cheese. First spread extra virgin olive oil on your uncooked pizza dough. Top with the plum tomatoes or pizza sauce. Sprinkle with oregano. Authentic pizza from Naples is made with pizza sauce or plum tomatoes and anchovies – no cheese.

    To modify your Classic Italian pizza add fresh veggies or meats of your choice.

    Once you have added the toppings, your pizza is ready for the oven. Pizza cooks fast and must be cooked in a very hot oven at usually 500 degrees F. Either preheat the oven to 450 or 500 degrees and also heat your pan. Put in the bottom rack of your oven and bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden.

    In a few minutes you and the children can feast on the best pizza you ever tasted. It is especially the best because you and the children made it together and had a lot of fun making it.