Are you tired of homemade pizza disasters?
Hey, we’ve all been there…
Family pizza night destroyed. Kids birthday party thwarted. Having to call your local pizza joint in defeat is always a drag, right?
Whether it’s a doughy crust, dried-up pizza sauce or toppings spilling all over the bottom of the oven, there are plenty of ways making a pizza at home can go wrong.
You shouldn’t waste time messing around with mediocre pizza when you just need to work on a handful of methods and buy a couple new accessories – then you can delete that pesky delivery number forever!
Fear not! At Homemade Pizza School, we make creating better pizza at home a breeze. You’ll save time, hopefully save some money, and feel great making your very own homemade pizza! Learn how to make better homemade pizza today… and if you’re not careful, you just might become a fellow pizza snob like us!
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Pizza at home doesn’t have to be hard once you break it down into the main elements: dough, sauce, and toppings.
Step 1: Your Homemade Pizza Sauce
*This is the art part
If you’re looking for a classic tomato sauce, just pour a can of whole peeled tomatoes and their juices into a blender, add a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and — voila! Blend it up and you’re all done.
Just remember not to use too much sauce, which can lead to a soggy crust. And make sure the sauce is loose enough to thicken slightly since it will continue to cook in the oven.
All-purpose flour is a great pick for pizza beginners — unless your recipe calls for a specific type of flour like Type 00. After flour, water is the second-most important ingredient! You want to aim for about 65% dough hydration. Dough hydration refers to the amount of water content relative to flour. If you use 100 grams of flour and 65 grams of water, your dough has 65% hydration. Use a pizza dough calculator if needed.
As for yeast, it works as a leavening agent just like baking soda or baking powder. Use whatever type of yeast your recipe calls for and mix it into the dough to help your crust rise and reach its full potential. Add kosher salt or fine sea salt into the dough and reserve some flaky salt for sprinkling over the crust after it’s baked. Finish it off with just a touch of olive oil to make the dough richer, softer, and easier to stretch.
Just mix these ingredients in a bowl (or use a food processor), knead the dough until smooth, and let it sit overnight.
Step 2: Your Homemade Pizza Dough
*This is the science part
Step 3: Your Homemade Pizza Tools
*This is the pricey part
Baking delicious homemade pizza is fun. And having the right pizza tools is key! You can take your pizza-making to new levels with some of the accessories we have listed here.
Pizza stone: Stones or steels will give homemade pizza that crispy crust that you can’t quite get on a sheet pan.
Pizza stone scrubber and brush: These tools help you keep your pizza stone clean and free of debris so it’s ready to use whenever you need it.
Pizza peel: Pizza peels are those thin sheets with a handle that you use to pop your pizza in the oven and take it out. They are an essential part of making a homemade pizza!
Pizza screen: A pizza screen is a ventilated screen that you place under your pizza to allow the air to circulate around it while it cooks! They help all parts of your pizza bake evenly.
Dough roller: Specialized pizza dough rollers make it much easier to roll out your pizza dough to perfection!
Rocking pizza cutter: Of the two main types of pizza cutters, a rocking pizza cutter with a grip lets you easily cut through any pizza pie like a pro.
Pizza stand: Pizza stands are an awesome accessory to lift your pizza up off the table and give you and your guests more room to eat — just like at a restaurant.
Bonus Step: The Cheese and Toppings
*This is the easy part!
Ever though about the best cheese to put on your pizza? Or how about toppings? The sky’s the limit when it comes to pizza toppings! But remember that too many ingredients can weigh down the pizza and prevent it from rising and crisping properly. Also, make sure all toppings are at room temperature or cooler before adding them to your pie.
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You don’t need a professional oven to bake a fantastic pizza. You just need to get your oven as hot as it will go. If you have a standard oven, chances are it goes up to 550°F. Crank it up to this temperature and give it plenty of time to pre-heat. Deep-dish pizza can cook in a 9×13-inch baking pan, but if you want to get a little fancier, consider using a pizza stone or steel. These will help give your pizza a deeply browned and delicious crust.
Follow these simple tips and stock up on the pizza tools you need to make the most delicious pizza right at home. Pretty soon, you won’t even consider ordering out anymore because it will be so easy to impress your friends and family with your pizza-making skills in your own kitchen!
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