Nine Tips for making Pizza
1.) Use Top Quality Ingredients: When you make pizza, you want to showcase your efforts by only using the best ingredients. If possible use locally sourced produce, if available. Everything you use should be the absolute best.
2.) Preparation is the key. Before you start, make sure you have taken the time by having everything ready for you. That is do all your cutting, slicing, and dicing ahead of time. Everything should be prepared and ready to go before you form your pizza dough.
3.) Make your dough the day before. You can also make your dough several days before. The extra time you give your dough will impart great flavor into the finished pizza.
4.) Use a pizza stone or better yet, invest in a Baking Steel. My pizzas have greatly improved since I started using a Baking Steel. And remember: put your pizza stone or Baking Steel inside your oven, before you turn it on! That is a critical STEP!
5.) Pre-heat your oven at least 500 degrees F. (or 260 C.), or hotter, for at least an hour. Crank that baby up! Your oven needs to be hot, hot, hot, hot. You want your pizza to cook quickly and evenly. Give your oven time to heat up as much as possible. Your pizza will cook much better in a hot oven.
6.) Use the flour you like to make your pizza. Different flours will make different types of pizza. You can certainly use all-purpose flour, or bread flour. You can even use a mixture of 50 / 50 bread and all purpose. Experiment a bit. Use the flour that gives you the taste you like best. I like King Arthur Bread Flour, Gold Medal Better for Bread and my favorite (when I can get it) is Caputo Americana. But your taste is your taste. Use the flour that makes the pizza that you like.
7.) When making pizza (and in life) remember, less is more! Use your topping sparingly. Don’t pile lots of stuff on your pizza. Allow the taste of the crust to shine through. If you put to many toppings on, your pizza will not cook the way it should. Memorize these words: when making pizza, and in life…less is more!
8.) Grande’s Pizza Postulate: “While making pizza, all mistakes are inevitable.” Listen, if you are making pizza, you are going to make mistakes. Not every pizza is going to turn out perfect every time. Learn from your mistakes. Grow with your mistakes. Trust me, over time our pizzas will get better and better…
9.) Finally: have fun. Share you pizza making with friends and family. Watch magic happen. Discover the enjoyment and share the love of making pizza for and with other people. You life may never be the same.
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