Pizza is such an easy recipe to make that anyone should know how to do it right. During my career as a chef, I have heard a lot of people complaining about the fact that they do not get the dough right, or that the toppings do not go well together and stuff like that. I have told each and every person who has ever struggled with making pizza and failing that there is always a basic recipe that can go back to every time they feel they are doing a poor job. Here is my perfect homemade pizza recipe that I have shared with plenty of people. I hope it will help you get your pizza right and never fail again.
Let’s start with the thing that people always seem to have some trouble with: the dough. For the dough, you will need the following ingredients (I am showing you the recipe for making 4 large pizzas, in case you have guests over and you want to keep everyone well fed):
- 4 large cups of flour
- 1 package of dried yeast
- A bit of salt
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 ½ cups of warm water
Now here are the instructions. Making pizza dough is very easy and even fun. You pour the flour into a large recipient along with the salt, so you can have enough room to mix all the ingredients. You make one hole in the middle and gently pour the warm water. Throw in the sugar and the dried yeast and let it work its magic. Within a couple of minutes, you should see no more particles of yeast on the surface. You can mix a little with your fingers to help it melt faster. After that, add the oil and start mixing everything. After kneading the dough in the recipient for a while, you can take it out on the kitchen table, to give it some good kneading. Add flour to avoid having the dough stuck to your fingers. Within 15 minutes, you should have some nice looking dough. Let it rest for one hour somewhere warm.
After the dough is done and it has risen enough, you can part it in smaller chunks, so you can assemble the pizza. Flatten the dough in the shape of your choosing and coat it with some tomato sauce. You can use normal tomato juice seasoned with spices you like, such as salt, pepper, oregano and so on. Add on top shredded cheese, small cuts of salami and mushrooms. Send everything to the your pizza oven for about 10 minutes, and then enjoy!