Italian Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Prepare the dough by mixing together (also with the aid of a bread a machine)
  • 1 and ½ cup of warm water
  • 1 and ½ tea spoon of salt
  • 1 and ½ tea spoon of yeast
  • 3 cups of flour

Method:

  • Wait about 2 hours to rise and you have your pizza dough
  • Since I assume most of us do not have a wood firebrick oven in the house. The next best thing is the use of a pizza stone in a normal oven. I have my pizza stone for over 10 years and I use it to make nice crusty breads (bread does not cook well in a bread machine).
  • The pizza stone will retain heat from the oven and cook the pizza fast without the need for fattening oils etc – So when baking you don’t need a greased pan. Just put the dough on the pizza stone. The crust w ill come out dry and ‘crusty’ ( The pizza stone can be used to make excellent bread as well )
  • Ok use either good canned tomatoes (Just tomatoes – not any pre-prepared sauces) or fresh tomatoes if they are available – You can even mix them together – put them in a food processor and chop them.
  • Put the mozzarella in the food processor so you will be able to spread it over the pizza.
  • Now use the rolling pin to make a thin layer of pizza crust. What I do now, it sounds a little strange but it helps a lot, put the raw pizza (the pizza crust that you just rolled out) by itself in the oven for just 1 minute (Reason: if the crust is too soft is very difficult to add tomatoes etc without ruining it) – After 1 minute remove the pizza dough and apply the tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil.
  • Place the pizza in the oven for about 5 / 6 minutes ’till all the mozzarella is nicely melted. Take it out of the oven and serve. What is nice about this pizza is the unexpected different authentic Italian taste – also there are no greases oils or addictives of any type ( like powder garlic so popular in the Italian American food tradition but never used in Italy – so you are not allowed to use it).
  • Anyway, after you practice with a few pizzas I might even give you the permission to try it with different toppings.