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Must-Try Hacks for Making Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza There's nothing quite like a delicious, fresh-baked pizza hot from the oven to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Many people are put off by the idea of making homemade pizza because their efforts do not produce the results...

Homemade Pizza
Homemade Pizza

There's nothing quite like a delicious, fresh-baked pizza hot from the oven to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Many people are put off by the idea of making homemade pizza because their efforts do not produce the results they desire. Here are some hacks you can use to create the ideal pizza in your very own kitchen.

Making the Perfect Dough

Making dough that turns out perfectly requires an exact blend of ingredients, in addition to yeast that rises properly. To make perfect pizza dough every time:

  •   Heat water to between 95 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit, as this will help yeast rise faster

  • Substitute water with milk if your supply contains a great deal of minerals. Milk does not need to be heated first, but should nonetheless be at room temperature.
  • Avoid over-mixing the dough to prevent it from becoming tough

When rolling out your dough, you should avoid adding too much flour to the surface you are placing it on. Too much flour can make the crust dry, and will also affect the flavor. To keep dough from sticking, sprinkle a thin layer of flour followed by another layer of semolina. This will give your dough a crispier texture, while also making it easier to roll out.

Pizza Dough and Sauce
Pizza Dough and Sauce

Sauce

The best pizza sauce is made from scratch, and requires hours of simmering on top of the stove. If making homemade pizza sauce isn't an option, you can still make a store-bought variety taste nearly as delicious. Add a few spices such as oregano, thyme or rosemary, along with a spoonful or two of sugar. Allow your sauce to simmer for around 20 minutes on top of the stove. This is just enough time for flavors to blend together and give your sauce a unique taste.

Toppings

Part of the fun of making homemade pizza involves letting everyone choose his or her own toppings. You don't have to spend hours chopping onions, peppers, mushrooms or other vegetables if your grocery store has a fresh salad bar in it. Simply grab a container and choose the right amount of toppings you need to make your pizza with. Not only is this convenient, but it also helps you avoid waste.

While it can be tempting to choose lots of different toppings, adding too many is not recommended. Too many items can make it difficult to bake your pizza, not to mention the fact that certain toppings can overpower others. For the best possible flavor, add no more than three toppings to each pizza, not to include the sauce and cheese.

There is also a tendency to sprinkle too much cheese on a pizza. An eight-ounce bag of shredded cheese should be enough to cover a pizza that is eight to ten inches in diameter. If you like your dish a little cheesier, sprinkle a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan over top of your shredded cheese.

Baking

Pizzas tend to cook unevenly, which can affect their taste. To avoid uneven baking, be sure to preheat your oven ahead of time. If you are using a pizza stone, preheat the oven with the stone inside it, as this will help your pie cook more evenly. You may also want to move your pizza from the bottom rack to the top halfway through the baking cycle to prevent it from getting too brown on the top or bottom.

These tips will make preparing homemade pizza much easier. Feel free to add your own unique methods in order to make fixing homemade pizza something that's fun for the entire family to do together. For more pizza making tips, contact us.