Who said that delicious pizza can only be tasted in a pizzeria? If you know some secrets and strictly follow some rules, the perfect dough cake with different fillings can be made at home.
We’ve collected tips from different chefs to help make homemade pizza as good as the one you try at the establishment. And maybe even better – who knows.
- Mix several types of flour. In addition to wheat, from which we often cook, there are many other varieties of flour: buckwheat, for example, or corn, or rye. Each of them has its own unique taste, aroma, and color. Thus, for pizza dough, you can mix two types of flour: standard wheat flour and non-standard rye flour. However, they should be added to the dough in a small ratio – for example, in a 4 to 1 ratio.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with toppings. Pizza dough is like a canvas for an artist; you can “paint” anything on it. Therefore, the filling on the test is a complete flight of imagination. Any product can be the basis. As a result, you can get meat, vegetable, fish, or even berry-sweet pizza.
- Knead the dough with your hands. Of course, food processors can do everything faster and more efficiently. But tactile sensations are very important in making pizza. By touch, you can understand what is the consistency of the dough and whether it is elastic enough. And these nuances greatly affect the taste of pizza.
- Roll out the dough with your fists. This method is both cooking and therapy. Firstly, the dough is filled with air and becomes more elastic. And, secondly, such work will perfectly help relieve accumulated stress.
- Preheat the oven beforehand. Pizza should only be placed in a hot oven, so it is very important to preheat the oven while working with the dough. In a professional wood-burning oven, the temperature reaches 400 degrees, while in a home oven you can heat up to a maximum of 250 degrees. Just remember that for pizza, 5-7 minutes is enough for the dough and ingredients to brown, so be careful not to burn it.
- Sauce for the sides. If you are one of those who do not eat pizza sides, we advise you to pour them with some sauce during cooking or wrap any filling in them – for example, sausages or Philadelphia cheese. This way, you won’t feel like you’re just eating a dry piece of dough.