Make a pizza
Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:45:29 PM
This recipe gives one basic oven sheet sized pizza. Scale the ingredients for more/less.
First is the dough. For it you need water, yeast, salt, oil and flour.
First measure 1.5 dl of hand-temperature water and put it in mixing bowl. Then add 15 g of fresh yeast and dissolve it in the water. Then add a pinch of salt and 1-2 spoons of canola oil or other equivalent grease, and mix a bit, preferably using a wooden mixing fork.
Then start adding flour. I use durum wheat flour as it makes a nice structure for the pizza bottom. First add about 1 dl of the flour while mixing all the time. Mix until the stuff is mostly homogeneous, then add another deciliter of flour and mix again until it's all mixed up. At this point it should be thickened enough to not come off the fork (or whatever thing you are using for mixing) easily and you should move to using your hands, so poke the extra dough off the fork into the bowl, add more flour and knead it with your hand. Keep adding flour slowly in small batches and working on the dough until it doesn't stick much to your hand anymore.
Now you should let the dough rest a bit and allow the yeast do its magic for at least 20 minutes, can be much longer too, in warm, dry and windless place, possibly covered with some hand towel.
After waiting for some time the dough should have grown in size because of added air by yeast in it. Grab it out of the bowl and put in center of a baking paper. Spread it around to fill the sheet, adding small amounts of flour on the surface if needed to prevent sticking. When done, move the baking paper together with the pizza on baking tray and put your oven to heat up to 250 °C.
While waiting for the oven to heat up you can stuff the toppings of your choice. I always start by adding some spicy tomato puree and spreading it all around the dough with a spoon. In emergency case one can use just plain ketchup too. On top of the tomato spread you can put whatever you want to have on your pizza, the puree will make it stuck nicely to the surface so it won't run away when your eye is not staring at it. My personal special filling is ham, champignon mushrooms, can of tuna fish, and pineapple pieces. Finally covering it all up with some cheese and seasoning using oregano, basilica and marjoram.
Once the pizza has been dressed and oven heated, put the pizza in and bake on middle level for 12-15 minutes.