No doubt, pizza is the option that all Argentines choose when we meet with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. Even on Sundays you always end up eating the pizza left over from the day before.
It is a dish that everyone likes, but that, in general, no one cooks. We are so used to ordering pizza at home, that we don’t even stop to think that a homemade pizza can be even richer than the one we ordered. The big hindrance for some certainly has to do with how to make a dough. Many think it takes a long time and endless steps to follow, but that’s not necessarily the case.
For those who are already tired of ordering the same pizza from the usual delivery, we will bring you the solution. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a clue how to start making a dough, because with these 5 tips anyone could make the best pizza for their friends.
5 tips for making a delicious pizza dough
1- In the dough, combine the flour and salt with the water that includes the dissolved yeast. To obtain a homogeneous and uniform mixture, it is very important do not rush with the dough and add the water little by little as it kneads.
2- Add the oil a little at a timein the same way as before with water, up to obtain a elastic mass, homogeneous without lumps. Then, it is kneaded again so that all the ingredients come together well.
3- When pre-cooking the dough, the trick is to put the dough in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes, with no extra ingredients. This way you can get rid of the moisture from the dough, so that it is more crunchy later on.
4- Another tip that few people know has to do with tomato sauce. It is always better to use fresh tomato, and try to make the sauce as thick as possible, that is, it does not contain as much water. In this way, the goal is not to moisten the dough so much and get that crunchy touch that everyone craves.
5– Finally, as regards the ingredients, it is important to note that everyone has different favorite flavors and ingredients, so it is not possible to indicate which ones to use or which not. The key thing is to remember that when it comes to adding ingredients, less is more.
Another tip concerns the correct cooking of the pizza. It is very important to cook the pizza dough at the maximum temperature, and a trick to simulate a wood oven is to place the pizza on the base of the oven without a pan, simply with a piece of parchment paper on the base. To prevent it from burning, we must let the pizza cook in this way only until the base begins to take color. Then, it is placed on a baking sheet, the oven temperature is slightly lowered and the cooking of the upper area is finished.
How to make a pizza
As for the recipe, even if there are thousands of them and it is up to each to use the one they like best, below basic steps to follow for the preparation of a pizza.
1- Put the yeast, half a glass of warm water and a spoonful of sugar in a bowl or cup. It should be stirred until bubbles appear. Then cover the mixture with a nylon and let it rise for about 10 minutes.
2- Put the flour in another bowl and mix it with the salt. Make a hole in the center, then pour half a glass of water with the yeast. Add the rest of the warm water. Mix all the ingredients with your hands until a dough is formed, then add the oil in the shape of a thread and knead again.
3- Let the pizza dough rest for about 15 minutes and then knead it on a table with flour. Divide the dough into two rolls of the same size.
4- Roll out the dough until you get a circle. Put the dough in a pizza pan and let it rest for about 15 minutes in a warm place.
5- Leave the dough inside the oven, at a high temperature, for about 6 minutes. This is very important for the pizza dough to be well cooked.
6- Add a generous spoonful of tomato sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.
what ingredients are needed
In the case of making pizzas for a meeting with friends, 2 pizzas of 8 servings each have the following ingredients:
– 1/2 kilo of flour 000
– 25 gr of fresh leavened bread
– 1/2 tablespoon of salt
– 4 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 1 cup of warm water