Everybody loves a pizza, don’t they? It’s one of the most popular and easily recognizable foods in the world. Day or night, hot or cold, anything goes with this yummy Italian food. So, how would you like to make your own pizza with some tips and tricks that can even beat the stuff you buy or have delivered to your doorstep? Let’s take a look at how to go about this with these tips.
1. Want It Crispier?
Do you like a crispier crust? This is simple enough to do. How crispy a pizza crust is depends on the moisture of the dough. So, when you’re mixing the dough, add a little bit more water. Also, when you roll your dough, make it thin. This will add that crispy factor to the crust. You can also brush the crust with some olive oil to make it crispy. When baking, don’t bake the pizza with the toppings on it. Bake the toppings separately. Then, you can put the toppings on for about an additional 5 minutes and let the cheese melt. Enjoy your crispy pizza!
2. Prepare Dough Overnight
Prepare the dough the day before. Refrigerate it overnight as this helps the gluten to relax, making it easier to shape and stretch. Make the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic cling film. Then, place it in the fridge.
3. Don’t Use A Rolling Pin
This may seem a little surprising, but try not to use a rolling pin. Instead, shape the dough gently by hand as this helps the pizza dough to be at its best. The use of a rolling pin tends to aggravate the gluten, so when you try to extend the dough, it retracts. Another thing you should not do is knead the dough before you stretch it. This makes the gluten tough which can cause tearing of the dough.
4. Don’t Pile On The Toppings
Well, to each his or her own, but it’s better to not pile on the toppings but use it lightly, starting with the sauce. Use the back of a spoon and spread the sauce, making sure to leave a border for the crust. Evenly distribute the cheese on top of the sauce. Now place your favourite meat or veggie toppings, but remember, too much toppings can make your pizza soggy.
5. Pizza Stone
If you do not have a pizza stone, you’ve got to get one. This helps big time in making a crispy pizza. With a regular pan, it’s harder to make a crispy pizza. As you keep using it, it becomes nice and seasoned. Don’t wash it with soap and water either. Pizza stones are porous, so all you have to do is just brush it off or you can rinse it with water, but no soap. Use a pre-heated oven with the pizza stone inside. When it’s time to cook, make sure to use the middle rack in the pizza ovens.
You can even make your own sauce with onions, garlic and canned chopped tomato. It can be really satisfying and enjoyable making and eating a pizza you made from scratch. It’s also healthier, cleaner and safer.