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Tips for Making the Absolute Best Pizza

Finding the ideal combination of ingredients, oven, and technique can make all the difference when it comes to creating delicious pizza. But there are some mistakes people often make that can ruin it all.

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1. Prep Your Toppings

Prepping ingredients properly when making pizza at home is essential. This involves pre-cooking fatty meats, marinating vegetables and roasting fruits and veggies for extra flavor. Plus, being creative when selecting toppings adds extra flair that makes the final dish look even more delicious!

Attn: hot, dry oven can quickly cook pizza toppings if they are hidden beneath cheese – for this reason it is wiser to add toppings directly on top rather than under; this ensures your pizza retains its shape without becoming soggy and somggy!

No matter if you are cooking pizza in an oven or cast iron skillet on the stovetop, dough must be properly prepared and stretched prior to adding sauce and cheese. Unfortunately this step is often neglected but can make homemade pizza taste so much better than store-bought ones. To start making dough from scratch you should combine oil with four cups of flour in a mixing bowl, until everything comes together before kneading for five minutes before resting it for 30 minutes so it softens a bit and becomes easier to roll out later on.

To stretch dough, start by dusting a flat work surface with flour or semolina. Slowly and carefully begin widening the circle by turning and stretching outwards using your hands. A pizza peel can make this step much simpler; however, without one you can still create pizzas by placing directly onto pan or stone.

Too much yeast or rising it at too high a temperature will cause dough to rise too rapidly, creating an overwhelming yeasty aroma and flavor in the dough. Too active yeast will also overwhelm its counterpart flavor while leaving behind an unpleasant bitter flavor in its wake.

2. Make the Dough

An important ingredient to creating the ultimate pizza is dough. You can either make it from scratch or purchase it store bought, but there are a few tips to keep in mind for creating delicious pizza.

Start with high quality flour; we prefer Tipo 00 but bread flour works equally well, as its higher gluten content adds chewy bite to your pizza crust. Use a scale as this is the most accurate way of measuring ingredients – and will ensure you get exactly the amount of each element needed – making for consistent end results; one cup of flour could range anywhere between 100g to 150g depending on its type, fineness, compression level or brand, so scales are a must for bakers!

Add sugar to the water as this feeds the yeast, encouraging its growth in your dough. A tablespoon of olive oil is also key for tenderizing and flavoring your finished product.

When kneading your dough by hand or stand mixer, strive to work it until the surface becomes satiny smooth and stretchy – this is known as the window pane test and provides an indication of its quality kneading.

Once your dough has reached the desired consistency, lightly grease a large bowl with oil and place your dough inside it. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rise for one hour – or more if possible.

Tip: For an extra crispy pizza, parbaking the dough before topping it can help. Just prebake for one or two minutes prior to adding sauce and cheese for maximum crispiness without overcooking the crust.

Before shaping pizza dough, dust both your work surface and hands with a light dusting of flour to prevent the dough from sticking as you shape it. As you work the dough be sure to frequently check how much flour is necessary; when touched with your finger it should rebound immediately.

3. Stretch the Dough

For optimal pizza making results, the dough must first be stretched into a large circle. This allows toppings to be added easily while helping the crust puff up during baking. Stretching is especially critical when using store-bought dough; pre-made pizza dough should be found easily in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores and should have had plenty of time to relax before being touched by you – yet take time before starting stretching to lightly flour your hands and the dough so as to get maximum efficiency out of stretching efforts.

Utilizing the Finger Press Technique: Pat the dough into a circle before using your fingertips to push outward. Be careful not to push too hard as that could tear the dough; continue rotating and guiding with fingertips until your pizza resembles what size you desire.

Drape with Your Knuckles: With the dough draped over your knuckles, gently move your hands apart to stretch it out and round out into an even circle shape. Rotating as needed ensures an ideal roundness; this method also serves to pinpoint any areas of too thin or thick dough that need attention.

Flip and Guide

Whether using a pizza pan or peel, simply place the dough on them before flipping and guiding with one hand to help it maintain its shape. Once it reaches a diameter of around 12 inches, your dough is ready for topping and baking!

As an additional step, use your fingers to pinch any small holes or tears back together – this will ensure the dough stretches evenly.

For maximum success, use the steering wheel stretch: grab one edge of your flattened dough and let it hang down (do not grip its center), grasping both hands around its perimeter to spin like a steering wheel until gravity assists with stretching into an ever-widening circle shape. Transfer this piece of dough onto either your pizza pan or peel and add your toppings as soon as it looks perfect!

4. Bake

Un great pizza begins with great dough. For that to happen, the right ingredients must be combined – water, yeast, salt and oil being among them – in just the right combination for success. Warm enough water should dissolve yeast without killing off its bacteria population while salt helps ensure your dough rises at an optimum speed resulting in light, airy layers with chewy corniciones (pizza edge edges).

Oil helps the dough brown as it bakes, adding rich flavors and making the crust stickier. For an additional dose of flavorful bite, infuse some minced garlic into the oil for even greater depth of flavor in your crust. It is essential that your oven be preheated prior to making pizza; otherwise it could take much longer for both the crust to brown and toppings to be thoroughly heated through.

While your pizza is in the oven, be sure to brush its crust with oil again so as to achieve a dark and crunchy crust. In fact, it might even be beneficial to remove it halfway through to add another coat of oil; the heat from your oven can help speed up browning faster, and flipping can ensure all sides of the pie have even baked conditions.

Another effective strategy for making pizza better is carefully considering how you arrange its ingredients. Order matters; for example, layering tomatoes and basil together could result in it drying out and losing flavor; while layering the same ingredients differently could alter their cooking and alter how your entire pie turns out.

This Alsatian pizza takes traditional flavors and adds them with a deliciously unique flair using potatoes, roasted red peppers, and kale for an irresistibly savory combination of potatoes, creamy ricotta cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan for stretchy cheeseiness, while the vegetables give this pie its essential crunch when baked in the oven – this truly impressive dish won’t fail to impress.