There is nothing in this world quite like a freshly baked Italian pizza. Gooey mozzarella cheese, farm fresh tomato sauce, and piping hot, crispy dough all combine to make a masterpiece. Based on the description you might think that this sounds like your typical american cheese pizza. Let me tell you, an American pizza and a true, Italian pizza have little in common. With a crispy thin crust and the freshest of local ingredients, there's just something magical about the way an Italian makes a pizza. It seems like an impossible to recreate dish. In many ways you really do have to be in italy to get the original taste, but with this recipe you can get quite close.
What you’ll need for the dough
- One cup and one tablespoon of 00 flour- this is a specialty, Italian milled flour
- One cup plus one tablespoon of all purpose flour
- Hefty pinch of sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl combine your flours and salt.
- In another bowl combine slightly less than 1 cup of warm water with yeast and olive oil
- Combine the contents of both bowls in the larger bowl. Knead the mixture together as it becomes gooey.
- Let rest for 15 minutes
- Knead again for three minutes. Separate dough into two balls (you have enough for two standard sized crusts).
- Place each dough ball on a heavily floured surface and cover with a damp cloth.
- Let it rise on the countertop for 3-4 hours.
- When you’re ready to use your dough, toss or spread it into a circle and get to work!
What you’ll need for the pizza
- Your pizza dough
- 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste
- 3 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 5-10 freshly picked basil leaves.
- Place pizza stones or tiles on the middle rack of your oven. Heat to the maximum setting. Let heat for an hour.
- Spoon some of the tomato sauce onto the spread dough. Use the back of a spoon to spread all across the dough. Stop at about a half inch from the edges.
- Drizzle olive oil to your preference across the top of the pizza.
- Pull apart mozzarella and sprinkle atop the pic. Do the same with the fresh basil.
- Lift the pie and place it in the hot over. Allow to cook for 4-8 minutes until the pizza looks the way you like it.
A margherita pizza is the most traditional form of Italian pizza. From there you can get as creative as you like with the toppings. If you’ve been to specialty pizza makers you’re aware that just about anything can be enjoyed atop a pizza. Get funky with it and enjoy your pizza!