Pizza…a word that makes you think of Italy immediately and one of the tastiest dishes ever if you ask me. I’m a huge fan of pizza! I could easily eat pizza every day. For real! Of course with a different topping each day. I don’t think I ever get enough of eating pizza. And fortunately, in Italy you can eat pizza for little money, so it often happens we have a last minute pizza date with friends. But…making your own pizza at home is also fun and delicious! For a year now my love often makes a homemade pizza just by using the normal ‘home oven’ :). Ok, it’s less good than a pizza made in a wood fired oven, or at least a bit different, but it absolutely worth to try and make your own pizza at home!
Last Sunday when we were invited (very last minute…we got the call at 11am to come over for lunch at noon…very much Italian 😉 ) at our friend’s place who have a wood fired oven I immediately yelled YES OK!! Pizza + wood fired oven + friends = a guarantee for a fun and ‘delicious’ afternoon!
And it was fun indeed! Even though I had some difficulty eating any more after trying at least 10 different types of pizza I couldn’t resist a Nutella Pizza! Oh yes, pizza dough (baked) with a layer of Nutella. Absolutely delectable and the perfect dessert for a pizza date!!!
Below the recipe for pizza dough. You can choose any topping you like. Personally I love grilled vegetables on my pizza or anchovy or ham/mushrooms.
Ingredients: (for 2 pizza’s)
- 350 gr. Italian “00” type flour (alternatively use plain flour)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 170 ml water (room temperature)
- 8 gr. fresh compressed yeast
- 1,5 tsp salt
- Dissolve the yeast in the water. Stir well.
- Put the flour into a large bowl and add the olive oil.
- Then add the water (with yeast) in the middle and start mixing using your hand.
- After a few minutes add the salt and mix well.
- Now start kneading the dough using the push, roll and turn method. Do this for more or less 5 minutes and you should have a smooth and elastic dough. (Your fingers should be almost clean while kneading).
- Shape the dough into a ball and put it into a large bowl.
- Place a wet towel on top of it and leave the dough to rise for 5 hours. Tip: I always put the bowl into a cold closed oven.
- When it has raised properly (it should raise until it has at least double in volume) you take the dough out of the bowl and divide it in 2 segments of equal weight.
- Shape both segments into a ball. / Maak van beide stukken een bal.
- Leave the 2 balls to rise (with a wet towel on top) for another 3 hours.
- Now lightly flour the working surface and take the first dough ball. Using a rolling pin, start rolling so that you can make a large circle. The pizza base should match your pizza tray and should be thin.
- I always top the pizza with tomato sauce (with a small spoon spread the tomato topping onto the pizza base) and mozzarella (cut in small cubes). All the other toppings can be added to taste!
- If you don’t have a wood fired oven like me and you just use your normal oven preheat the oven to 200ºC and bake it for 15 minutes (more or less).