Initially inspired by my friend Rob, who often makes his own pizza, and with the great success I was having with Jim Lahey’s bread recipes I went to work on making my own home made pizza.
The recipe is easy to follow, and the dough is ready in 2-3 hours with minimal work. The crust turned out really nice. Thin and crunchy on the outside, with a bit of softness in the middle.
500 grams bread flour
10 grams dry yeast
5 grams salt
3 grams sugar
300 grams warm water
Mix together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit for at least 2 hours.
After the initial rest scrape the dough onto a floured work area, and shape it into a ball. Split the ball in two to form two round balls. Cover with a damp towel and let sit an additional 30 minutes.
After the second reset preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cover a 13/18 cookie sheet with parchment paper, then cover with olive oil. Put one of the rounds of dough on the sheet and spread out the dough the length of the sheet. Then continue to push the dough out towards the edge of the sheet until most of the sheet is covered.
At this point you are ready to put on some toppings and bake your pizza. I found most pizzas for me were taking about 20-30 minutes depending on how many toppings I was using.
Along with the dough, I also made my own pizza sauce. It is pretty easy to do, and just requires a nice can of chopped tomatoes and your food processor.
1 large can of Chopped Tomatoes (choose the best quality if you can)
3 cloves of garlic
15 fresh oregano leaves
Separate the tomatoes from the juice and place the tomatoes in your food processor with the garlic and oregano leaves. Pulse the tomatoes, garlic and oregano together. If the sauce is too thick add some of the tomato juice you removed earlier until you get the right consistency.
Making pizza is a really simple task, and can save a lot of money. The pizza dough can be made ahead of time, and freezes extremely well. There is almost no reason not to make your own pizza.