Pizza is one of the most popular dishes for meals for children and adults alike as it is filling and delicious. Most people order their pizza from restaurants and other fast food joints, however it is possible to make pizza at home quickly and cheaply, using some easily available ingredients. One of the great advantages of making pizza at home is that it is possible to customize the pizza as required, modifying the cheese, toppings, and sauce which will be used. Detailed instructions on How to make homemade pizza are provided , and other than an oven for baking the pizza, no special equipment is required for making the pizza .
The first step in making home made pizza is gathering all the ingredients for making the pizza. Many of the ingredients like flour,water, olive oil, salt,oregano and other spices,cheese and tomato sauce are already available in the home,as they are used for making other food dishes. Other items which are required for making the pizza are yeast and toppings which will vary, some may prefer mushroom , others chicken or turkey for the topping for the pizza. As most of the items for making the pizza are easily available at home, the cost of ingredients for making the home made pizza is less than $5 for most families.
Though there are kits available for making the dough, it is cheaper to make the dough at home. Usually for 3 cups of flour , 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of yeast and two tablespoons of olive oil should be added. A vertical mixer is a quick and convenient way of converting the mixture into a ball, however the the mixture can be manually mixed to form a ball of dough which does not stick to the hands. After preparing the dough it should be covered and kept in a dark warm place for some time, usually a few hours. The dough can also be kept in the refrigerator overnight so that it will rise slowly.
It is important to pre bake the pizza crust in the oven so that the crust does not have a dough like taste. Flour or a baking spray should be added to the pizza pan or cookie paper and the dough should be spread evenly on the pizza pan to form a thick layer. At the edges of the pan, the dough should be roled back to form a crust. The oven should be heated to 425 degree Fahrenheit and the pizza pan with the dough should be kept in the oven for at least 6 minutes to bake the pizza crust thoroughly. Making the sauce for the pizza is fairly simple, a few spices like pepper, oregano,garlic, basil can be added to tomato sauce and stored in the refrigerator.
To assemble the pizza for eating, sauce should be applied to the pizza base , then it can be covered with the toppings, and then the layer of cheese can be placed. Multiple layers of cheese, toppings and sauce can be applied, however the sauce is a recommended to ensure that the topping will adhere to the pizza. The pizza is then baked for approximately sixteen minutes at about 400 degree Fahrenheit. If multiple layers of toppings are being used and if the crust was cold, the baking time may have to be increased further. The homemade pizza is then sliced into smaller parts, so that it can be easily eaten.