It's been nearly a year since I first went to Italy, and quality pizza is one of the many things that I miss eating. So I took it upon myself this week to try making my own Italian inspired pizza with the help of some ingredients from Sur La Table. Check out the Recipe below!
- 3 cups Italian-Style Flour (plus and extra ½ cup for dusting etc)
- 1 ½ tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup plus 2-4 tablespoons water
- 1 pack shredded mozerella (plus your preferred toppings)
Mix together dough ingredients, and knead fro 5-6 minutes. Take a medium sized bowl or a clean board and dust with some of the extra flour. Transfer dough to your dusted surface, sprinkle a little flour on top, cover the dough, and let rest for 15 minutes.
Remove the dough from bowl, rub hands with remaining extra flour, and fold over a few times (this helps to redistribute the yeast). At this point I separated the dough into two even halves as this helped the pizza to turn out a bit thinner and more authentic to Italian pizza.
Spread out dough halves onto two greased/floured pizza pans 10-12 inches. Take each rounded half and gentle push out the dough from the center as if you are kneading it. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
While the oven heats up, I find it is a perfect time to customize your pizza. Start by taking your sauce of choice and placing it in the middle of your dough. Using a slightly flat bottomed spoon even spread out your sauce. Then top with mozerella and any other topping you choose! I find the best toppings I had in Italy were fresh basil, spicy salami, or fresh mozerella in lieu of shredded.
Bake pizzas for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden and the bottom is thoroughly cooked. Let cool for 7 minutes and then dig in!