I am have spent many years in the Mediterranean parts of Europe and pizza culture there is huge. Never and nowhere in Asia I have eaten pizza that could be compared to a real, authentic Italian pizza.
People tent to over-complicate pizza by adding weird ingredients, mess up the dough with unnecessary shit they add to it.
Today I will show you how exactly you make a perfect pizza without waiting hours for the dough to rise or having a wood fired oven. You can buy all the required ingredients in the nearest supermarket and put all together in 30 minutes.
Ingredients for large pizza
- 0.25 kg of plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of dried yeast
- 2 nice tomatoes
- Few cloves of garlic
- Handful of black olives
- Handful of fresh mozzarella
- Pinch of salt
- Some oregano
- Few basil leaves
Start with the dough
Before that, fire up your oven – make it as hot as possible.
Get around 150 ml of lukewarm water, put a pinch of flower in it then mix it well. Once mixed, add 1 tablespoon of dried yeast and mix again. This will “ignite” the yeast quickly. Leave it for 5 minutes and use this time to prepare the sauce and mozzarella pieces.
After few minutes splash the yeasty water into a larger bowl and add like 30% of the flour you have. Mix it well with a spoon then only add the next 30% when it’s totally dissolved. Mix the other 30% of the flour as well – you should get a homogeneous substance that is still liquid. Now you need to add a tablespoon of olive oil and some salt. Mix it again then add the remaining of the flour. Keep mixing and when it gets hard use your hand to work it.
When it’s getting nice, splash it with some more olive oil and keep working the oily dough for few more minutes. Then put it away for like 30-40 minutes, covered by a damp cloth.
Add your toppings
The secret of a good authentic pizza is adding good quality toppings in small quantities. Before adding your ingredients, you have to shape your pizza. Get that dough and spread it out evenly in a large flat pan that you oiled up before. Make it not more than 2 mm thick in average and fold back on the sides.
- Start with the sauce. Blend or crush your tomatoes with garlic, adding minimal salt to it. That’s it. Spread out the sauce evenly on the pizza but don’t make it too much.
- Next, add the mozzarella pieces. Don’t worry about the thickness just do as you feel.
- Throw some whole black olives on your pizza.
- Add some basil leaves.
Now bake your pizza
It’s time to bake your pizza to perfection. To do this, you want to have your oven super hot and you put your pan as low in the oven as possible. Bake it till the dough have risen and become spongy.
Now here comes the trick – once your dough is baked and solid, turn on the grill function of your oven and grill the top of your pizza. This will add some incredible texture, crunchiness and that make your toppings super delicious.
That’s all, enjoy!