Who doesn't love pizza, right? But ordering out can be pricey and delivery seems to take forever. Save yourself some dough by making your own pizza. For the price of a few pies, you can get everything you need to do it like the pros.
The internet is rife with pizza dough recipes. Explore until you find one that you really like. Here is one from our marketing manager, Ann. "In my house we have a Friday night tradition of making homemade pizza. My go-to pizza dough recipe doesn't require 00 flour. It's so easy, I call it pizza "duh". You can pre-make dough and freeze it for an easy week night dinner. Just take the dough out in the morning and place it in a bowl to rise, as directed below.
1c warm water
2-1/4 t dry active yeast
1 t sugar
3 c flour
1 T olive oil
1 t salt
Mix yeast and sugar into warm water and let sit until yeast is active and frothy (about 5 minutes)
Mix flour, olive oil, and salt in a food processor
While the food processor is on, slowly add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture
Continue to mix until all flour has been mixed in and the dough has formed a clump
Put a small amount of olive oil a large bowl or sheet pan and place the clump of dough into it.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap or damp towel and place it in a warm place to rise for a few hours or more.
Pizza Pans vs. Stone
A preheated pizza stone stores heat to give pizza a super crispy crust and a fully cooked bottom. They also tend to bake the pizza faster.
Pros tend to use pizza pans because they are easy to use and to clean up. Assemble the pizza right on the baking pan–no need to transfer the pizza.
Perforated pans result in a more crispy crust. The perforations let steam to escape, allowing the crust to char.
Pizza Peel & Cutter
With the pizza stone in the oven, use the pizza peel to transfer a pizza onto a pre-heated pizza stone. Pro tip: use flour or cornmeal to keep the pizza from sticking to the pizza peel.
Just stop with the chef knife. If you're making homemade pizza, you need a quality pizza cutter so you don't drag the toppings around and ruin your presentation.