Do you remember your first pizza ? A lot of people say you can’t forget your first. I’m not sure it applies to pizza. Wink Wink
I have tried dozens of pizzas, maybe even hundreds. Good ones, average ones, and even downright bad ones. Hard to imagine how that happens, right? A bad pizza… like, seriously? Unfortunately, we all know, crappy pizzas are a thing.
Living in Montréal, I have had the chance to try pizzas made by countless different cooks. So many different pizzas, and now I know what to look for in a good pizza, and what it should taste like. Now I have my own approach to it, and I’m happy to say that I finally got this thing figured out
Pizza is without doubt in my top 5 comfort foods. Surprised?
I was just tired of cashing out 30$ every time I ordered it (ordering a small pizza is out of the question, okay?) and getting a mediocre pie and indigestion
Upon experiencing a tight budget, I one day asked myself how hard it could possibly be for crappy restaurants to be dishing out like it was coffee. Must be easy… dough, sauce, cheese. Let’s do this
With homemade, you can get the best ingredients and your favorite toppings and still save money. Plus, you get to make it any way you want. Pizza à la blue cheese & pear ? Why not?
You are the pizza
makermaster and you decide what’s up
First lesson: do not rush this
Patience is very rewarding for anything that needs to rise (dough) and you want to make sure that you have a good 2 hours ahead of you to get this right
Don’t worry, though, during that time you won’t be doing much, except maybe watching a football game while your dough is rising, if you’re like me
Second lesson: you want good quality bread flour
If you like ’em thick (the pizza crust…), and you’re aiming for a crispy outside and fluffy inside, just go with the bread flour
All purpose flour works too, but remember, good quality is important for your pizza
Pizza from scratch : A step by step guide !
- 2 Cups of bread flour plus some for dusting
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tbsp of salt
- 1 packet of yeast
- In a separate container, add the yeast, water and sugar and let it foam up.
- Mix up all your ingredients until you get a nice sticky dough. Dust your working surface with flour and work that dough for a good 5 to 10 mins.
- You must get a consistant smooth dough. If it get stick while you work just dust it with flour. Do not over work it.
- If you over work it, the dough will be very hard to work with. All you need to do is place it back in your bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Note :
- To make sure you end up with a great crispy crust, get your oven screaming hot. I'm talking 500F !
- Don’t put your pizza in while the oven is still getting up to temperature.