How to Make Great Pizza at Home
Perfect pizza making is no small feat, however it is easier than most people think to make truly great pizza at home. Which is why we were excited to see two excellent articles published about this very topic, earlier this week.
Serious Eats’ article “11 Essential Tips for Great Pizza” covers some crucial elements for success, like using a scale to accurately measure out flour, and cold fermenting your dough to bring out the flavor and optimize texture. Tip three - choosing the right flour, will really help raise your pizza making game. We love using Tipo ‘00 flour when making classic Neapolitan pizzas. It stands up to high temperatures really well - much better than regular flour, which tends to burn quickly.
Serious Eats recommend forming your dough by hand, but suggest using a rolling pin if you’re having trouble, or are pressed for time. We really encourage you to form by hand, because it helps the crust develop a matrix of air bubbles in the oven. And it’s these little air bubbles that help make hand-made pizza crust so light, crisp and delightfully chewy. If your dough is not cooperating to your gentle touch, it might need to relax a bit more. Try bringing it to room temperature for at least an hour before you work with it.
In the second great pizza article of the week, “A Little Pizza Homework”, Sam Sifton of The New York Times’ passionately declares “You can make pizza at home. You can make pizza at home that will be the equal of some of the best pizzas available on the planet. With a minimal amount of planning and practice, you can get good at it, even if you are a relatively novice cook.” He took the time to meet with Chef Anthony Falco, from the popular Brooklyn pizza spot Roberta’s. Falco shares his tried and tested tricks of the trade in this video tutorial on how to form some killer pizza dough.
In Sam Sifton’s words – “The basics of pizza are simple. There is dough. There is topping. There is a hot oven.” Armed with some simple tools, a handful of ingredients, and these few key pieces of knowledge, you too could be making some seriously delicious pizzas in no time.