Come on. You know it. We all know it. Everybody loves pizzas! You can tailor them to your own taste, they are crunchy, full of flavors, pleasing to so many people, and there's always gonna be a slice leftovers for tomorrow's lunch! We are, of course, going to make them vegetarian here, but if you are not, you can add anchovies, chorizos...
In this post, I will show you how to create your own pizzas from scratch. It seems daunting, but any beginners can succeed it making it! It's not as hard as it looks!
Ingredient wise, you can mix and match with what you love to eat, and here is my complete list of what I personally used for 5 people:
Flour (1kg), yeast (42g), 3 bell peppers, mushrooms, tomato passata, Mozzarella, goat cheese, emmental, black olives, green pesto, olive oil, white sugar, oignon, garlic, and spices (strong Paprika, oregano, thyme, salt, black pepper).
Tip: essential things to remember when you are grocery shopping: flour - yeast - cheese - veggies - tomato concentrate - spices - olive oil.
To create your pizza, you will have to focus on 3 tasks:
1: Making a flexible dough - 2: Creating a flavorful sauce - 3: Choosing your wonderful toppings
- We need to prepare the dough first. Indeed, you have to let it rise for at least 45 minutes.
First, put your yeast in a small bowl and dissolve it with warm water. Add a big spoon full of white sugar to help the yeast to develop. Never ever put salt on any time of yeast, it would kill it.
Then, put all your flour in a big bowl, large enough so the dough can rise. Create a hole in the flour, then poor the yeast/warm water/sugar mix into it, and add around 3 big spoons of olive oil to the main bowl mixture. Then, mix it all together with your little hands, knead, knead, knead !
If the mix is too dry, don't hesitate to add a bit of water and of olive oil.
When the dough is smooth and elastic, form a big ball in the large bowl, cover everything with a towel and let it rest and rise next to a warm place (heater, the sun, the fire, anything) for at least 45 minutes.
- The second step of our journey is going to be achieving a flavorful sauce.
Heat olive oil in a medium size saucepan, sauté/fry finely cut garlic and onion. Then, poor the tomato passata (crushed chopped tomato "sauce"), add all the spices that you fancy, and let everything infuse on low heat for 10 minutes.
Your sauce is done. Easy. Quick. Tasty. Keep it on the side while you're taking care of your toppings.
Now you can also pre-heat your oven at 230°.
- The preparation of the toppings is fairly simple.
Chop everything in the desired size. Take the pit out of the olives, cut all your cheeses, put all your chopped veggies in bowls for easy access.
- The dough has risen. Take a baking sheet, baking paper, a bit of flour to help you with the dough, and flatten the dough slowly into a rectangular or circular shape with your rolling pin. It doesn't have to be perfect. I personally prefer a thin dough. It's crispier and lets the flavors of the toppings and of the sauce be the stars of the show.
- Build your pizza. First spread the sauce, then, the cheese, and finally the rest of your toppings. You can add a little bit of grated cheese on top to make it extra-yummy.
- Put your unbaked pizza in the oven at 230° for 10 minutes.
- "Bip bip bip". It's done. Oh yeah. The smell is surrounding you. And now you can eat your amazing homemade pizza! Enjoy you lucky amigo!
Variation: Instead of the tomato sauce, just spread green pesto as a base for the toppings. Delicious and a bit different.