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How to Make Pizza From Scratch

July 31st, 2013 Cooking

While you likely enjoy ordering out from your favorite pizzeria, if you're in the mood to showcase your culinary prowess, you might want to go gourmet and make pizza from scratch. Here's a quick and delicious recipe that's bound to make any pizza enthusiast proud.

The Dough

The dough is the foundation of the pizza - after all, it provides the subtle background flavor and holds all of the delicious toppings. To begin, combine, 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of hot tap water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of yeast and 1/3 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add in your own custom spices or herbs, such as oregano or Aleppo pepper. Mix the warm water and the yeast first. Use an electric mixer or get messy and dig in with your hands. Next, throw in the flour and salt and follow it with the olive oil.

The dough will be smooth yet slightly sticky and you'll be able to roll it together. Knead it with your hands and put the dough in a circular bowl so it has the right shape. Let it sit there for a couple of hours.

Toppings and Dough

Take the dough out of the pan and place it on a pizza stone. Stretch it out and fold the edges. Apply the sauce and spread it using a large spoon or ladle. Sprinkle on some cheese - traditionally people use mozzarella, but feel free to experiment with pepper jack, cheddar or provolone.

Slice up peppers, mushrooms and any other custom topping. Feel free to get creative and add some of your favorite fruit!

Cook your creation on a pizza stone or a pan for 4 to 5 minutes. To avoid making a mess, make sure that none of the pizza is hanging off the pan!