We’re calling it… Pizza has a firm place on our list of favourite foods. And for foodies as avid as us, that is certainly a big call! Is it the perfect crispy crust, the delicious combinations of flavours or perhaps the oozy, cheesy topping with the perfect stretch? Well, we aren’t ready to call that bit just yet, but, because we are big advocates for the fact that pizza certainly doesn’t need to be delivered to the front door, we thought we would share with you, our top tips for creating a delicious and authentic homemade pizza.
We have answered our most frequently asked pizza making questions, so that you can learn to finally achieve that light and crispy base, make your own homemade pizza sauce and of course, learn how to get that incredible cheesy stretch.
Top 5 tips for making perfect homemade pizza
1. Choose the right base… for you!
We are absolutely all for homemade breads and pizza dough, particularly because leftover dough can be frozen in plastic wrap for next time – so easy! But what we do know is that achieving great dough can take time.
So, if it’s Sunday, and you’re spending the afternoon making homemade pizza, then taking a little extra time to create a homemade base is well worth it. If it’s a busy weeknight, and you want to have dinner on the table in 15 minutes, then why not try a Lebanese bread base or good-quality store bought base.
2. Which cheese should you use for pizza?
Cheese is often the star of the pizza show. However, use the wrong kind, and things can go pear shaped pretty quickly. What you want to achieve, is the perfect stretch, balance of flavour and a consistency that isn’t oily.
The best way to do this is by using the perfect blend of grated cheeses – mozzarella, cheddar and a hint of parmesan. Each cheese plays a different role; mozzarella gives you a wonderful stretch and melt, cheddar adds a great cheese flavour and the parmesan provides an authentic sharpness.
3. How do you make pizza sauce?
Making your own sauce is so simple. But first, you must know which sauce is best for which pizza. Not all pizza toppings and bases suit a classic tomato pizza sauce, which can be made simply by blending diced tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and oregano.
As you may have seen on some Italian menu’s – certain pizzas are served on a white pizza base or in Italian terms ‘pizza bianca’. This can be achieved by spreading your base with ricotta. Try a white base with toppings like seafood, thinly sliced potato, pancetta or if you are feeling a little more fancy,blue cheese or truffle.
4. What are the best ingredients to add to a pizza?
It’s easy to get carried away with the ingredients on a pizza. You lay out all of your toppings – beautiful cheese, meats and fresh herbs, and before you know it, you have thrown a little bit too much of this and a little bit too much of that on your homemade pizza.
Simple combinations like those used in a classic margarita are renowned for good reason. When using fresh, good quality ingredients – you want to let the flavours speak for themselves.
As a general rule of thumb, try to only pick 2-4 ingredients for your pizza (not including the sauce and cheese).
5. Why should you use a pizza stone?
If you’ve experienced pizza with a soggy base, then you will know that it’s not exactly desirable. The combination of sauce and toppings can stop your base from becoming light and crispy. Luckily, there’s a few ways to combat this – and one of those ways, is using a pizza stone.
Make sure to heat your stone in the oven before placing your pizza on it, to avoid a rapid change in temperature. It also works best on the centre of the top shelf.
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